A butterfly is an example of transformation in God’s time. It takes a while but once it has changed, there’s no going back!
TRANSFORMATION or METAMORPHOSIS – Can life imitate nature?
Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal’s body structure through cell growth and differentiation. It is usually (but not always) accompanied by a change of habitat or behaviour.
Hmmm, changes of habitat or behaviour…sounds like what might happen after some kind of renewal, re-birth or crossroads in our life…anyway
The word “metamorphosis” derives from the Greek meta (change) and morphe (form).
So the humble caterpillar. Not much to look at, spends its life eating and avoiding predators, until God says it’s ready to undergo a massive change – a time away from everyone, hidden away from everything else. No-one else to hold your hand, you go through this alone…anybody been there?
During this time the insect is very vulnerable because it cannot run away, and this is why insects try to choose somewhere safe to hide away when they are going through this incredible change.
Look at that. God makes a safe place for us to hide while we are at our most vulnerable, to wait safely under His protection as the changes take place.
But what’s happening during this change? Because from outside it doesn’t look like anything is happening at all!
In the pupa, there is little movement and no feeding as its body is liquified and the materials in the cells are broken down and then completely reorganised.
Oh my. So while it looks like nothing is happening, inside I’m being completely broken down, liquified, and reorganised! I don’t like the sound of that! Lord, is there an easier way for these changes to take place?
Well yes there is, but there comes a time when turning over new leaves just won’t do anymore. Ask anyone who’s ever tried dieting. Is it better to crash diet, or change your lifestyle over the long haul? New Years Resolutions anybody? Or maybe that same struggle with sin that you’ve prayed about hundreds of times already…
I guess sometimes we all need to be broken down and re-built from scratch. Ouch.
The good news is the Master Craftsman who is putting us back together knows exactly what He is doing, so while we are perhaps imagining a mosaic of broken fragments, He has a masterpiece in mind.
Part 2 is coming soon, but feel free to comment below!