BY: Megan Gilmore
I have been contemplating this word for weeks. I am a reflective person by nature…but there is something about my birthday that makes me even more reflective. It is probable just because I am turning another year older that I found myself really thinking about my life.
I currently feel like I am in the midst of a metamorphosis. Maybe you have been in a similar season, or perhaps you are in the midst of one. Hopefully, the words God gave me can resonate in your soul.
When I was on a walk a few weeks ago I saw these beautiful, vibrant, yellow butterflies. They caught my attention and caused me to pause. I have thought a lot about those butterflies since that walk and now I cannot stop thinking about the word metamorphosis. Maybe that was just the beginning of God speaking something into me.
Do you know what happens to a caterpillar when it is in its chrysalis stage? We see the caterpillar before and the beautiful butterfly after but what happens in the quiet place of that chrysalis? I am not a scientist but I can watch a YouTube video that explains it. Basically the caterpillar’s body turns to goo and from that it forms the new parts of the butterfly. Some goo turns into a wing and more turns into the legs…but each part of the caterpillar goo is used to build up the beautiful butterfly.
The past five to six months I have felt myself in a quiet place again. I feel that I have gone through these processes before…gone to a quiet place and come out the other side a newer and brighter version of who I am supposed to be. But this time it is different…this time I can sense God doing something bigger! There is metamorphosis happening.
There is pain in metamorphosis…the goo has to be formed in order for the beauty of the butterfly to be seen. There is pain and hurt that happens…it shapes us. God uses it all for a purpose. I also got to thinking that the butterfly never wants to go backwards…it does not go back into its chrysalis to become goo again. It lives vibrantly in the new creation it has become.
Our lives are meant to be the same. We are not meant to go backwards in our metamorphosis. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us of this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
It is not easy to do. It can be hard to be in the middle of that season of change. It can be lonely in the quiet place of the chrysalis having God turn parts of you into goo. He is doing that in order to make something beautiful from your life.
It is hard…life is hard. But y’all…God is good and His plan is good.
Remember these truths:
He is working it out. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
You are a new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
He has a purpose and plan. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11
I am ready…ready for the metamorphosis that God is doing in my life. I will embrace the new creation and live fully in my purpose.