Well, I’m beginning to get back into a groove on this blog. I’ve been praying for The Lord to give me content that He wants me to share. I was following a topic schedule so my readers would have some expectation, but I would like to follow His lead so we will see what happens…
Today the topic I was led to share falls directly in line with today’s theme, which is Thankfulness Thursday. I am particular grateful for this today, because it has been an extremely busy week. I don’t know about you, but more often than not the busyness of life can weigh heavy on me after a while. I find myself needing to take a moment to count my blessings and reflect on God’s faithfulness.
Today I am feeling particularly grateful for the metamorphosis that is the Christian life. I don’t always like the squirmy caterpillar stage. Did you know a caterpillar’s one and only job is to eat? Don’t get me wrong I love to eat, but I think after a while that would get monotonous and tiresome. I’m such a goal-oriented person. Slowly inching my way through life can seem tedious, and many times I don’t see the progress I’ve made.
Did you know God put into place certain defense mechanisms for the caterpillar? At some stages a caterpillar appears like droppings to birds so that they don’t recognize the meal before them. Swallowtails have a stink gland behind their heads to ward off predators. It sounds rather disgusting, but many times my choices make my life stink and seem like waste. I have to get into my chrysalis of protection, my spiritual prayer closet. I’ve got to go through the struggles, study His Word, focus on my God-given purpose. If I recognize my sin, repent, and submit to the Lord, He will shower me with grace and use those times to make me stronger. He does the same for the butterfly, giving it one more chance at another day to get closer to it’s calling. Along the path of life, I encounter so many discouraging predators and the enemy is always on my tail, but God is stronger and more faithful in His pursuit of me. He always stays a step ahead ready to ward off the predator.
Even though change takes us out of our comfort zone, I think I’d much rather get to the process where I morph into a beautiful, colorful, amazingly complicated, gravity defying creature with gorgeously painted wings that can touch the sky. I love this picture I took recently in our backyard.
As I have reflected on this picture, The Lord has brought to mind so many steps in the metamorphosis that is the new creation in Christ. Scriptures from His Word have flooded my mind:
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
- Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
- Psalm 119:5 – This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
- Philippians 2:12-15 – Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
It might not always be a pleasant process, but it is more than worth it not only to the new creature but also to the world. Both can enjoy and reap the benefits of the change, but we have to be willing to endure the squirmy caterpillar stage and allow God to morph and shape us. For without this seemingly monotonous and sometimes dangerous process, there would be no metamorphosis. I am so grateful for the opportunity and life chancing power of becoming a new creation in Christ on this Thankfulness Thursday!