Butterflies have always been special to me. They’ve represented renewal, change, and rebirth. The lowly, ugly caterpillar confined to the ground eventually becomes this beautiful, unique creature that flies around freely wherever it chooses. It reminds me of Gungor’s song “Beautiful Things” where he speaks of how God makes “beautiful things out of the dust.” He takes the ugly, the broken, the rejected, and He makes them beautiful, whole and abundantly loved.
During my time at the beach, the monarch butterflies were migrating south. It was amazing to see so many butterflies at the ocean everyday. I don’t know about you but my vision of heaven includes sun, sand, saltwater and butterflies! It was so sweet to be able to experience this journey at the beach and be reminded of the precious transition from caterpillar to butterfly. God is continually making us more and more beautiful as we allow him to work in our lives.
I challenge you to take time to think back on your life~where you’ve been to where you are now. Be grateful for and appreciate the journey that has brought you to your current state. Choose to see the blessings in your life and what has been transformed from old to new, ugly to beautiful, weak to strong, or broken to whole. Write it down, paint it or create a movement of gratefulness as an offering of thanks to the Lord. When we are in the middle of the mess, it’s hard to see the beauty, but fortunately, grace allows us to see the sliver of hope…the butterfly in the making.