The Butterfly In You

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Yesterday, a friend posted this quote and it resonated in my heart very deeply.  It touched me so greatly because 2013, has definitely been a year of growth and development in many areas of my life.  More than anything, it has been a year of overcoming fear and stepping out on faith to do the things that God has placed in my heart.

This year has challenged me to look fear in the face and say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If God is for me, nothing can be against me.”  This year has also challenged me to learn that nothing and no challenge will ever be bigger than my God.

What I find so amazing is that we are very much like that caterpillar.  Experiences happen and it seems like the world is over.  We struggle to accept that God’s way is better is than ours, and we struggle to navigate through the difficult seasons.  Like the caterpillar, we grow so afraid of the changes of life that we forget who holds our future in their hands.  I believe the caterpillar thought the world was over because it forgot whose world it lived in. The caterpillar got so caught up in the environment that was changing around it, that it forgot to focus on who was behind the change.

We have been assured that God goes before us and that He stands behind us (Is. 52:12). Therefore, when things begin to change we can be confident that the change will work in our favor (Rom. 8:28).  We can have confidence that no matter how many times the seasons of life change, God’s love will remain the same.  His hands of protection and gift of grace cannot be removed from their position.  Our future will always remain in God’s steady hands (Ps. 31:14-15).

Friend, you may be in caterpillar-like circumstances today, and things may seem as though they are closing in around you but I want you to think about the story of the caterpillar.  Our King always has one more move, and you are about to emerge from that cocoon.  Your cocoon has been preparing you to break out.  And now, you are going to mount up with wings like eagles and soar high above your cocoon (Is. 40:31). Happy WINSday Butterfly! =)

 

 

6 Comments
  • Taya
    December 18, 2013

    Thank you for this post! I forwarded today’s and yesterday’s to friends experiencing transformations, and are going through various situations. It is an amazing feeling when you begin to feel and understand that the joy of our Lord is certainly where your strength lies and comes from. That he will keep you in perfect peace. When chaos is erupting you’re still able to press through! I receive this promise and will proceed accordingly. God Bless!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 19, 2013

      Amen! I think it just feels good to know that we aren’t the only ones experiencing change, you know! Every once in a while, we can begin to feel alone but if we allow ourselves to be open and share our experiences, we’ll see that we are actually among many other beautiful butterflies. I’m so thankful to be able to share, learn, and grow with so many great friends like you. Love you! =)

  • Courtney W
    December 18, 2013

    I love love love this post. The life of the butterfly has been a blessing to me since November of 2009. I have been in a constant process of transformation since then. Thank you for encouraging others to embrace the changer and move boldly through their transformation!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 19, 2013

      Amen, I like that “the changer.” You’ve helped me to learn that the more we embrace the changer, the better we become throughout the change. Thanks to you as well for posting the quote on Monday. I read it and it ignited a spark. =)

  • Roselyn
    December 18, 2013

    Wow reading your message, all i could hear in my head was the song Whom shall I fear by Chris Tomlin. Your message gives such great meaning to the last section of the song’s lyrics which says
    And nothing formed against me shall stand
    You hold the whole world in Your hands
    I’m holding on to Your promises
    You are faithful
    You are faithful
    The God within us is greater than all are circumstances. He will always be faithful if we continue to have faith, because everything is in his hands. Thank you for your message today!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 19, 2013

      Roz! That’s actually one of my favorite songs! I had that song in mind as I wrote that post too! Because of His great love for us, He will never fail us. =)

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