Facebook moment with Pastor Mary (click here).
So going from a caterpillar to butterfly from the outside, it doesn’t seem that hard. But as we look at their life transformation and ours, I believe you will see many similarities.
As humans, we start as babies and grow into an adult, where the caterpillar does the same. Comparing our two lives, the caterpillar to us before Christ, cocoon to us after we accept Christ, and Butterfly would be when we get to heaven.
The caterpillar or before Christ days. They go about their days without much care, as do we. We are thinking more about what would satisfy us. (Food, travel, sleep, etc..). There are several points in our life when we confront issues. These send us into a cocoon stage.
The cocoon stage is the time when we work out our issues. The first one would be accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. There are many cocoon times (times when you deal with personal stuff). In the Bible, Colossians 3:5 states to Put to death; therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Others could be relationships, family, addictions, jobs, and so many more. Each one of these is a cocoon time in your life. When you take the time to reflect and do a heart search on what or where it is, you will go or do. Those times you struggle with our desires and wants compared to what God may tell us to do. Coming out of a cocoon time takes some time to adjust to your new life and the unique way of being.
So now you have entered into the stage of coming out of the cocoon. This process is not easy. As with all the other steps, it can not be rushed. Yet you can do it. Making sure that God is the only helper you have coming out. If you have others help you tear open the cocoon when you are ready, the process fails. You have to fight to get out of the cocoon. Once you are out, you now cling to it for a period to allow your wings to stretch out and dry. You used to crawl around, not anymore. You used to eat leaves; now you want the nectar. Are you beginning to see similarities with your life? In the Bible, Romans 12:2 states: Do not conform 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.
Once you have renewed your mind and transformed, the good and pleasing and perfect will of God is revealed. You are ready to fly. Oh, but don’t fly far. See, even though you are a butterfly, there are still caterpillars in your heart and mind. GOD has so much more HE wants to do in and through you. We all have several transformations times in our life. It depends on you if you will stay the caterpillar, crawling around on the ground, or become a butterfly, which can sore above the issue you just faced.