A purchased domain! Woo hoo! I know it’s not a major bench mark to most but I’m really excited. Here’s why: TRANSFORMATION.
The butterfly has been a welcome insect in my life. If there is a butterfly nearby, I am mesmerized until they fly out of view. I notice them frequently and often find myself having to duck out of their flight path!
I love butterflies. In fact, I want to be one! An ever-present symbol of desirable transformation (to me and many), the butterfly represents the beauty and gracefulness we seek in completing the purpose of our lives. Their color and freedom attracts us to marvel and wish for the day we break free of our cocoons and truly start living. But what about the here and now? Shall we wait to live free and fully?
Most of us, including myself, feel like we are the opposite of the butterfly. Far from graceful, the caterpillar is usually the fat “tube-with-legs” weighing down leaves and eating everything in sight. Slow and pesky, they hide in the bushes gorging themselves. Most of us would agree, caterpillars do not embody beauty. I myself, have no problem allowing a gracious butterfly to land on me but the thought of holding a hairy caterpillar makes me want to squeal.
If you look at a caterpillar and a butterfly side by side, they look nothing alike. They look like two very different, very separate bugs with very different purposes. But the amazing fact is, they are one in the same. And like the butterfly, we are called to be transformed from glory to glory to glory. Someday, I hope to be unrecognizable: a new creation for the glory of God.
But many of us miss that the real glory of God’s plan for our lives…because it begins in the journey of the caterpillar. The caterpillar may be “fat” according to our social standards but did you know it eats as much as twenty times its own weight in its lifetime? It grows at such a rapid rate, it has to split its old skin and shed it frequently. Oh how I wish changing my character were as simple!
God loves to develop, grow and enjoy the journey. He is the joyful Gardner of our lives, watering the seeds in anticipation of the blossom. From God’s point of view, transformation is delightful. We were purposed for the process of changing form. God loves the caterpillar just as much as the butterfly for they are one in the same.
We all want to be butterflies. We spend a great deal of time admiring and wishing to be as at the end of our journey. But while we covet the future and dream about visible change, we may be in danger of missing how the change happens.
We are to model the caterpillar: consuming so much of the “food” God has for us that we cannot possibly remain content in our old selves. The caterpillar does not long to be a butterfly: it happens as a result of his focus what he is putting into himself. The caterpillar, therefore, is our road map to discovering perseverance, strength, and the all-consuming hunger for the things of God that will change our very form.
Thus the creation of “Love Transforms”, a blog inspired by the awe of God’s creative work in us. It is designed to help us ponder our plan and purpose for TODAY and reflect on what God is doing NOW.
The mission of the of this blog is to write, solidify and share the 360-degree insights and revelation of God’s character, truth and plan as it unfolds in our hearts and transforms who we are. Our goal? Transformation through reconciliation with God the Father through Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as through God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”