I love butterflies, mostly because of what they represent, which to me is freedom, gentleness, beauty and renewal. Their unique coloring and markings always seem to capture my attention when I see one flurrying by. Butterflies have such humble beginnings as a caterpillar that most wouldn’t consider them a creature of beauty or elegance in their original state. However, it’s their humble beginnings that fascinates me. The fact that they start out so different, but are destined to change from an unattractive creature that crawls to get around, to one of beauty with the ability to fly is magical! I always think of transformation when I see butterflies. And when I think of transformation, I also think of God and what He’s done and continues to do in my own personal life as His child. God does a transforming work in all of His children’s lives, not just mine. Doesn’t that make you excited? Who doesn’t want to be a more beautiful person? The truth is none of us are very attractive as sinners at the foot of the cross, yet God sees what we can be. He sees the beautiful changes that he can make and once we’ve truly submitted to Him as Lord, we begin to change- and change for the better. We come to the Lord bound in our own chrysalis of sin and He gives freedom and forgiveness. The work in which God does to transform us sometimes seems to be a mystery. We can’t see what He’s doing or even understand at times, but little by little change happens. We become more beautiful inwardly, which is then is expressed outwardly to others in kindness and love. So “spread those wings and fly,” as the saying goes! You are a new creation! Doesn’t it feel great!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17