You probably can tell just by looking at my template that I like butterflies. Yes, I do, as a matter of fact, I love them!
Not only do I find butterflies as one of God's beautiful creatures, more importantly, I see them as a symbolic representation of change and transformation. One cannot help but be encouraged by the message this gentle creature brings. This insect goes through a rigid and difficult process before finally emerging from being a lowly caterpillar to a uniquely coloured butterfly.
In retrospect, our lives draw parallel to that of butterflies. Many times, God allows us to go through difficult circumstances, not to break us... but to shape us, so we can become the best we can be.
Let me share with you this eye-opening story to drive my point further:
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. God uses trials and challenges to mould and strengthen us, otherwise we would not be as strong as what we could be. We could never fly!
Next time you see a butterfly, I hope you would get reminded that God is not finished with you yet. He is continuously working in you, so you can emerge to become the beautiful child He intends you to be.
...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:6
Happy weekend guys!