John 12:24 NKJV

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

No matter the season of life we find ourselves, when we face challenges/obstacles, we can all learn a lot from the transformation that results in the birth of the butterfly. 

If we consider the limited nature of the caterpillar, it is not hard to understand the need for the transformation. As a caterpillar, the butterfly is not only limited in movement but also in flexibility. From the crawling insect, the butterfly emerges with wings soaring over difficulties and obstacles. 

What I find most intriguing is what happens in between the transformation process: the caterpillar withdraws into a cocoon and isolates itself from the world!

Can we not learn a thing or two from this? In our bid to reengineer ourselves or reinvent our lives, don’t we need to first retreat from the maddening distraction of the world? Don’t we need time to grow and fuel the change that is required?

Jesus said unless our old selves die, we will not see the change we desire. Unless we let go of the things limiting us we will not be able to step into the future we long for.

Do you need to retreat into your own cocoon now? What needs to die in your life for the new you to take flight?

The butterfly in you is just a cocoon away!