I absolutely love butterflies! Each one is unique. Their colors so splendid. They are beautifully and wonderfully made. More than their appearance, I love their transformation. The world does not originally see them as attractive but instead as a simple caterpillar. Unsightly to some. An annoyance to others. Children step on them when they see them. Many retreat in fear as their multiple legs cause their skin to crawl. We respond to what we see on their outside negating the true potential that lies within. Now that I think about it, maybe I marvel at them so because they remind me of….me. We all know caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies, but what I bet you didn’t know was that everything the caterpillar needs to reach its full potential is given to it before birth.
Let’s look at the process.
A female butterfly lays tiny eggs on a leaf. After only days, a tiny worm-like creature appears which is known to us as a caterpillar. The caterpillar eats and eats and eats. Then wraps itself in a cocoon and after a short while, a butterfly emerges. I’m sure you remember this from Biology 101. However, did you know inside those tiny eggs is everything the caterpillar needs to become a butterfly? I always thought the true process began in the cocoon but in actuality, something called imaginal discs are developed inside the eggs before they hatch. These discs are the structure needed for each part of the adult butterfly’s body. There is a disc for the eyes, a disc for the wings, a disc for the antennae, a disc for everything. So from day one, the caterpillar’s full potential is mysteriously masked until maturity.
If the caterpillar has everything it needs, are the other parts of the process truly necessary? Yes! After birth, that which the caterpillar eats or takes in is what initiates growth. Once fully grown, it shuts itself off from the world in an effort to achieve the greatness it knows lies within. As it emerges from the cocoon, it initially takes it slow because the struggle to change has left it tired and learning to fly is whole new way of life. But once it’s rested and ready, the blood begins to pump through its wings and with a spirit of determination, the butterfly, after much practice, confidently spreading its wings and soars!
There is a butterfly in us all. Find that hard to believe? In the first chapter of Jeremiah, God says, “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you…”
Today, I ask…How long will you allow your inner beauty to lie dormant? Is it time for you to shut yourself off from the world’s distractions to do that which you know you are purposed for? I challenge you (and myself) to spread your wings and walk in the unlimited potential God has destined for you.
If you accept the challenge, post this comment, I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Your wings may not be visible, but if you know God’s Word is true, that should be more than enough. It may sound corny, but this is my declaration! I hope it’s yours too!