Metamorphosis, Butterflies and Change -Your Walk with God
I see a butterfly flying, I am reminded to pause and enjoy the miracle
of their life, change, and flight. The metaphor of the butterfly for
transformation is profound .God uses nature to teach us spiritual
lessons. I believe that the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a
butterfly is one example of this. As human beings, we are meant to grow:
physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The process is as follows:
The caterpillar starts its life out as an egg.
Then it becomes a caterpillar.
As a caterpillar its job is to eat and eat AND eat some more until it bursts out of its skin.
When it is mature, it stops eating and starts spinning a silken pad, called a chrysalis, all around itself.
Then it rests. During this Special PERIOD OF REST, dormant(sleeping)
cells now become energized and turn into the wings, legs, eyes, and
other parts of the adult butterfly.
It stays in this chrysalis for a long time. Some varieties stay inside for a whole year!
When God determines that it is ready, the former caterpillar slowly
bursts out of its silken pad and is now a butterfly. It no longer has to
crawl, it can now fly!
There are 3 Stages during our Spiritual Metamorphosis:
Feeding Stage: Where we "take in" and "feed on" the scriptures,
focusing on learning about God . This is when our foundation is built.
Resting Stage: Where we digest what we have learned, meditate on God's
character, stop to listen for His voice and start to trust Him and
praise Him. This is where we learn what worship is.
Stage: After being fed, and after resting in God's presence, we will be
empowered with a new perspective on life and will desire from deep
within to make a difference in our world. We will fly and God will be
the wind beneath our wings. This stage can be compared to the journey of
a faithful child of God .Our characters and personalities will be
molded through hardship during this time. We will learn to "exercise"
our faith during these times and our "faith muscle" will become stronger
and stronger. If we had no struggles to overcome, our faith muscle
would be flabby!
This is God's plan for us. In Romans
8:29 it says that we are to be "conformed to the image of His son." To
become like Christ is our ultimate goal! We will take our spiritual
development with us when we leave our physical bodies and move on into
the timeless spiritual realm. Our development is very very important.
That's why God won't always intercede to make life easy for us.
However, unlike the butterfly, I believe that we experience the
different phases over and over again throughout our walk with God
Where are you MY BELOVED in your life? Are you a butterfly, soaring,
enjoying your elegant manifestation? Are you a caterpillar getting the
message that it is time to transition–time to do something different?
Are you lying in a puddle of what once was you and what may be the
future you? Are you sitting around and waiting for someone to give you
permission or affirmation of your next step on your path? Are you
looking at what would need to happen to take to get you out of your
shell and coding it “hard work” which makes you disinclined to act on
it? Alternatively, are you seeing the obstacles as learning
experiences–pathways to your own inner strength and mastery?
Is it time to step fully and completely into the new version of you?
That means letting to of everything in your life that is not serving
you. You do not have to do it all at once. Just take the first step. Do
the first thing. The rest will follow. And with each step forward you
will feel more empowered. And you will find that you are supported
I have learned that when we let go of what is no longer serving and
supporting us, we make room for what will. And like the caterpillar
climbing out of its cocoon, it is a worthwhile trip.
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