Am I the only one that noticed the lack of butterflies? Before this pandemic I kept asking what happened to all the butterflies? Have you ever truly read the process of a butterfly. I mean you probably don't remember what you learned in your elementary science class. Exactly, How is a butterfly formed?--- I started this year off saying ,I feel like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. I still stand by that statement. This season feels like we're all in a cocoon preparing, waiting for the GO. Let me tell you, this butterfly is getting ready to fly. I've witnessed so many people coming out there cocoon in this season. testimony on top of testimony!
I went ahead and researched the process of a butterfly and God blew my mind. God is so detailed. Let me give you the quick synopsis. I'm going somewhere with this. Hol' up Don't run off yet?
IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS PROCESS SKIP DOWN A BIT.
butterflies go through 4 stages of metamorphosis. Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. hold on to these four stages in your mind.
1. EGG: The butterfly start as a small egg. Butterfly eggs are usually laid on leaves
2. EGG When the egg finally hatches. what emerge is what we call a caterpiller. The
Pupa: as soon as they Larvae reach its full weight potential . They go into a Chrysalis Now, as most people know, caterpillars are short, stubby and have no wings at all. Within
the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called ‘metamorphosis,’ to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. Tissue, limbs and organs of a caterpillar have all been changed by the time the pupa is finished, and is now ready for the final stage of a butterfly’s life cycle.
Adult Butterfly: When the butterfly first emerges from the chrysalis, both of the wings are going to be soft and folded against its body. This is because the butterfly had to fit all its new parts inside of the pupa.
As soon as the butterfly has rested after coming out of the chrysalis, it will pump blood into the wings in order to get them working and flapping – then they get to fly. Usually within a three or four-hour period, the butterfly will master flying and will search for a mate in order to reproduce. In the adult stage of life butterflies are constantly on the look out to reproduce and the cycle starts over.
What did this process teach me. we are similar to the butterfly, we go through a process of becoming. Becoming a better _____(fill in the blank). As a christian your old ways die and we become new creations in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17. It is all a process. God will take us through a season that may seem like darkness but in reality we are becoming the beautiful light that attracts people. Think about how excited people get when they see a butterfly.
If you are currently in your cocoon know that God is still developing you. Although, you may feel like there is nothing happening. Think about the butterfly as he develops in the darkness,no one can disturb the process.
When we are emerging from our cocoon. Know that you may "fall". Your walk with God wont be easy. The devil is waiting with his schemes to devour you. However, trust that your father will Have you covered. 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5
Get into community and find people that can pray with you as you begin to put into action everything you've acquired. The butterfly comes out with wings ready to fly. However, The butterfly has to rest before it fly. Although you may be eager after your cocoon season. Don’t just leap without instruction. Wait until God says it’s time.
The most beautiful part of the cycle is after mastering flying the butterfly finds a mate to reproduce. Think of us as we grow in Christ. We begin to learn, teach, and create disciples.
The cycle of butterfly can teach us so much. Rest assured that God is walking with you even when you feel lonely. God is always with you.