Here in South Georgia, we are FINALLY getting some REAL Fall weather! To us, a day with a high in the upper 60’s or even low 70’s is amazing! Especially, with a nice cool breeze.
Changes can be nice sometimes. Other times, not so much.
Life is ALL about change though. Think about it: from conception to birth, and from birth to death. Always changing and always growing and learning in some way.
The best way I can think of to describe it is the process of caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Bear with me as I try to describe it for you. I am not a brain..so my description may not be “perfect”. A butterfly lays her egg on a leaf. The egg hatches and becomes a tiny caterpillar. BUT…it molts 4 TIMES and then, on the 5th and final time it molts, it is in the chrysalis stage (pupa). During that chrysalis stage, a lot is going on even though it appears from the outside to be doing nothing. During the 10-14 day period, the adult butterfly is forming! Inside the chrysalis (pupa). Then…a beautiful butterfly emerges! How awesome is that! I have always been fascinated with that process. I had NO clue until recently that it had to molt that many times.
This brings me back to changes we go through. The process of change isn’t always fun or comfortable. It is always necessary though. The process of change isn’t always “pretty“. With God in control (and He is), the end result can be pretty. Pain and discomfort are sometimes a necessary part of the process to change us for the better. I have been there and done that…with the wishing the painful parts away. But now that I can look back, I see that they were necessary to grow me in my spiritual walk.
1 Peter 4:16 (NKJV) ~ Yet, if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
Some changes in our lives don’t seem fair…some really don’t make sense to us. However, as one of my favorite verses states: He makes ALL things work together for good, to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose..(not our purpose). Look it up: Romans 8:28.
There is nothing more beautiful to me than to see the change in someone who is growing in their walk with Christ. It is a BEAUTIFUL metamorphosis. It is a process. It is not without some discomfort or pain either. To grow in your walk with Jesus, you have to make it a priority. You have to make changes. You have to change old ways of thinking, doing, acting, speaking. You have to choose Light or Dark, there is no riding the fence when you are truly walking with Jesus. Sure, people will even wonder what is going on with you…why you have “changed“. Then, you get to tell them about your Jesus and the process of caterpillar to butterfly just might begin again with them. 🙂
Change……it can be a BEAUTIFUL thing.
What might you need to change in order to grow in your walk with Jesus? Maybe, you need to surrender finally. If you don’t know HIM as your Savior, what are you waiting for? Salvation is a free gift to you..just waiting for you to accept. He makes ALL things work together for good….
Until Next Time,
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