Butterflies are an amazing symbol of the good on this journey of healing. Beauty is perhaps the most obvious and often referred to. They are also frequently associated with old things becoming new again. Butterflies seem so delicate and fragile so they are rarely referenced for their strength. To even experience life, a butterfly has a very difficult battle to emerge from the cocoon that encapsulates it while it matures. The struggle is long and seems quite agonizing. Scientists studied this process and learned that when, in human wisdom, we feel it would be helpful to cut the shell and ease their burden, we intervene in necessary development.
In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push it’s way through the tiny opening of the cocoon forces fluid out of it’s body and into it’s wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never fly.
Lesson: As I go through life I must keep in mind, struggling is a common experience and an important part of maturing. In fact, it is the struggle that causes me to develop my ability to fly. Avoiding difficulty could cause me to also miss my purpose.
Every fall, North American monarchs fly south to spend the winter at roosting sites. Monarchs are the only butterflies to make such a long, two-way migration. They fly up to 3000 miles. Amazingly, they fly in masses to their same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees. (How incredible is that?) ~MonarchLab
It doesn’t appear there are muscles in the butterfly’s thin little wings and still they fly for days. They struggle through all sorts of obstacles and hindrances because it is necessary for the survival of the species.
Lesson: Embracing God-given ability to fly, never give up just because the journey is a difficult one.
Along your journey, God will cause your story to evolve in such a way that others will marvel at the beauty, innocent of the pain that created it’s brilliance. Each new struggle has a purpose. Our Creator will do the work to intensify the beauty you already possess. Then your life will reflect God’s beauty onto others and the cycle will continue. Jesus will bring about the elegance in their stories as well.
Moral: By the power of His grace and the strength of His mercy, may we choose to spread our wings again, and on the breath of the Holy Spirit…take flight!!