Since we are changed by the journey, we’ve been looking at examples of transformations. Many of them involved heat, pressure, irritation, and being broken. Ouch. But, what about waiting in the dark for something to happen?
Today’s spotlight is the butterfly.
This insect starts out as a worm, er, caterpillar. It spends its days crawling around and eating. As it grows, it sheds its old skin for a new one. While it might have interesting stripes and fuzzy hair, the caterpillar is anchored to the ground by gravity.
Then, one day, the caterpillar spins a cocoon and disappears. Literally. For a long time. While inside, the caterpillar’s tissue is broken down and a new structure is formed. This is the transformation stage.
At last, the shell is broken open and a butterfly emerges. Fragile, colorful wings are unfurled and tested in the breeze. Until, at last, the insect takes flight for the rest of its life. Soaring and migrating to places it never imagined as a caterpillar.
What about me? Yep, some days I feel like a worm. Anchored down by responsibilities. I might have a few semi-attractive characteristics but, really, all I do I live for me and my needs. (And, I’ll stop before I mention growing and, um, needing to get some new skin, er, clothes.)
Then comes a time of transformation. Often in the dark since I can’t see what God is doing. Waiting and waiting for something to happen. Yet, I’m being changed from the inside out. I’m a little cramped and can’t wait to get out of this place. It’s uncomfortable.
Finally, I feel myself breaking free. Seeing the light after so much darkness. Spreading wings I didn’t know I had. Gaining altitude and a new perspective. Going places I’d only dreamed of.
What about you? What stage of this process are you in? Does knowing there’s a butterfly at the end make the waiting worthwhile?