I often think that my life and my walk with God is very similar to a caterpillar’s life!
A butterfly will lay its’ eggs on the leaf of a plant. The egg will hatch and a caterpillar will crawl out. I have often had to ‘crawl’ out of certain circumstances in my life that have not been good for me! The caterpillar is very small so it starts to eat and eat. It immediately starts to grow and expand. (When I accepted Jesus as my Saviour I ‘devoured’ the Bible and grew spiritually.) Once the caterpillar is fully grown it forms a cocoon. Inside this cocoon the caterpillar is undergoing a transformation known as metamorphosis. Metamorphosis means to change your form and your character.
In Ephesians 4:23 it states that as believers we are to “…put off your old self …. be made new in the attitude of your minds, and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness “
Just as the caterpillar changes inside the cocoon we also need to change and become more Christ like.
Once the change is complete a beautiful butterfly emerges from the cocoon. The butterfly then gets to fly and glorify God in its beauty.
I’m sort of still stuck in the ‘struggling to get out of the cocoon’ stage but every now and again I see glimpses of the creative, loving person God created me to be and it gives me hope that one day I will fly free in His love without any guilt, fear, doubts, failure or pain.
When the butterfly emerges from the cocoon it has to struggle to push its way out of the cocoon. As it struggles the fluid is pushed out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly’s wings would not develop enough to enable it to fly. It needs this struggle to strengthen its wings in order to fly and live free.
If I had not struggled with depression, marriage, raising children, addictions and a long list of other things I would not be the person I am today. It is in the struggles that I have grown the most, have learnt more about who I am and what I am capable of and have developed empathy for others who struggle as I do. It is also during my times of struggling that I have been closest to God because it is during these times that I actively seek His face and His comfort and His guidance.
My prayer is, that as we struggle, we will develop stronger wings ……
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will”. Romans 12:2