Sitting in the garden and watching a butterfly jump from flower to flower. The changing season has new little flowers budding up, as well as more vibrancy. Watching this butterfly jump from flower to flower I can’t help but think about all that butterfly went through to get here. From the different stages of the caterpillar to the cocoon to the metamorphosis, and now here with wings wide and an array of beauty printed on each wing.
When I think about the butterfly I see that many of us are not that different from it.
We begin to walk with God and before we know it, we find ourselves in isolation or the cocoon. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is when you're tested on every side, you're crushed in spirit, but if you have faith, that season won’t lead you to turn your back on God. Instead, you will be running closer to the one that loves all of you.
After we come out of the isolation, we look so different. Our demeanor is different, God has produced some good fruit in us, the fruit of gentleness, patience, and self-control, just to name a few.
From 2016 to 2019 I encountered the cocoon. I was called to ministry but there was no evidence of that ever coming to pass. I struggled within myself because I didn’t even know how it would come to life. But in the isolation season, I was getting my wings. The many nights I cried from feeling lost, behind in life, and not fully prepared, all led me to heal and transform.
God didn’t just give me a ministry, but he gave me a new name, a new identity founded in Him, and I became a whole new creation.
Just like the butterfly, I went into isolation one way and came out another way. The things I got weren’t quite like the butterfly, but I got the wings of faith, and the wings of courage, the wings of self-discipline, the wings of character, and the wings of love. These wings changed the game for all I was getting ready to step into.
I hope and pray that the next time you see a butterfly you see yourself. You see a creation that started out one way but has transformed into something more beautiful. No matter where you are in life, you can go through a metamorphosis and see the transformational power of God.
2 Corinthians 4:9-10