Butterflies are one of the most fascinating creatures God created, in my little opinion. Then entire entity of how a butterfly first starts as a Caterpillar. Just wandering around, exploring this vast world we live in. Venturing up soft, green stems to get its nutrients provided by the plants rooted in the ground or leaves covering the bright, blue skies. I love Spring time for sure. That is when you will see various amounts of these little missionaries fluttering around the beautiful flowers sprouting out after the shuddering cold winters have faded. I suppose you could say that I went through my little “morphing” into my personal butterfly. I remember the year 2016 like it was yesterday. It was one of the most painful, life challenging years of my existence (well, so far at least). I did not realize God has placed me in a hollow, cold cocoon for a purposeful reason He is still do this day revealing to me.
Take a look at how the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly is demonstrated: “Then the baby caterpillar doesn’t do much more than eat the milkweed in order to grow. After about two weeks, the caterpillar will be fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so that it can start the process of metamorphosis. It will attach itself to a stem or a leaf using silk and transform into a chrysalis. Although, from the outside, the 10 days of the chrysalis phase seems to be a time when nothing is happening, it is really a time of rapid change. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis, to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will then die after laying eggs for generation number two.”
Pretty amazing, right? What an incredible journey! This could also relate to our personal walks with Christ. When growing in our faith, we have to start off small. We cannot fully grasp God’s teaching by devouring solid foods with baby souls. We have to allow God to train our minds and hearts daily. It takes patience, diligence, and self discipline. I had to do that throughout 2016. I desired a more intimate, deep rooted relationship with Christ. He already knew that. He desired to be closer to me. I wanted Him to flow through my veins and feel His touch deeper than my own skin. So, my own “metamorphosis” happened. God enclosed me in His arms. While that incredible intimacy moved me, it was a heart wrenching process. I had to allow God to cut out areas in my heart that were hindering me to grow. It may take a caterpillar to morph into a gorgeous butterfly in only ten days, this process of total Christ transformation took much, much longer. But I wouldn’t trade for anything. All of those nights I clenched my chest while crying my eyes dry were healing. Those days I gnashed my teeth and fell to my knees due to spiritual deprivation were days I was falling at the throne of Abba. Each passing day, God was adding color. Strength. Beauty. Love. Himself. And here I am. I broke out of that spiritual cocoon and I am flying high. I can see the clouds bursting in front of me. I can feel the cool breath of God blowing through my wings. I feel nothing but peace. I am here. I am alive. I am a butterfly of God’s garden.