Remember the Caterpillar
A caterpillar has NO choice.
It is going to become a chrysalis.
At the appointed time, it will form into the shape of a J and so it begins….or ends… or begins…
It is all in our perspective.
The chrysalis stage surely is an ending. It is the end of life as a caterpillar. If a caterpillar could talk or worry, no doubt it would be tempted to say, “Oh no, what is going on? I don’t like this. What is happening to me? This is killing me”, or something similar.
In reality it is a good thing. An ending, yes, but also a beginning. The beginning of a new stage of life as a butterfly.
We also have stages of life. First we are in the womb. What baby ever would say when labor commenced and they began the journey down the birth canal, “Oh this is nice, I like this! So GLAD this is happeneing!” More likely if they could they would choose to stay right where they are in that nice warm, but crowded, womb.
But birth must happen or the child would die, so would the mother.
Then there is childhood, youth, young adulthood and finally the “twilight” years. Sometimes we eagerly embrace the new stage, other times, we may struggle against it. But we will grow and age.
Right now you may be in the prime of life or you may be closer to the end of life. Hopefully at some point you entered the forever stage of “Child of God”.
When I first observed up close the life cycle of a butterfly, I thought it was totally fascinating but also totally gross. The little egg turned into a caterpillar, it ate and ate, shed its skin several times then all of a sudden totally without any choice on it’s part, it became a chrysalis. Inside the chrysalis things began to happen. Then one day something similar but totally different emerged. A butterfly.
Our walk is similar.
God is showing me that as my LOVING Abba-Father, and as Emmanuel (God With Me), He has carried me through my entire life. Sometimes kicking and screaming, sometimes dragging my feet for dear life (I thought) ..but in the end, looking back it all was part of who I am now and God really has become more and more real and present to me as a result.
There is a verse says… when you are old you will be taken where you do NOT want to go… God was speaking to John I think, but had the things which happened to John in his life not happened, we would be missing a huge part of the Bible.
Often we really really, really, really can’t deal with life…it can be too overwhelming. But we know Who can walk through “it” with us, or carry us, or sometimes mitigate the circumstances.
Since we can’t stop “it”, or fix “it”…we learn to REST “it” and ourselves into HIS CARE for us. We may not understand the plans and purposes of God in the seasons of life. We may even kick and scream a bit.
As you go from “chrysalis to butterfly” remember, the same God who created the butterfly, created you. He cares for you. He is WITH you and He will NEVER abandon you. Whatever season you are in right now, you/we are not alone. God may be stretching out our arms and leading us somewhere we NEVER wanted to go. But His plans are always to prosper us, to give us hope and a future.
Life may feel impossible right now or in the future. Let’s remember the caterpillar as well as the promises of God.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 21:18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
Philippians 1:6… being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ..
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.