Friday, July 18, 2014

FINDING JOY IN THE JOURNEY LINK UP.

Dress from eshakti

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the 
changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." -Maya Angelou

I really love butterflies! I find them to be some of the most remarkable creatures on the planet. They are such beautiful winged insects whose life cycle carries so much meaning and symbolism to the growth process of being a Christian. Many of us have experienced our own “metamorphosis”, as we become new creatures in Christ and become one with Him. Another thing that is also similar, is that the transformation often occurs in stages. Sometimes these stages of life for a butterfly may be uncomfortable and even painful, but in the end a beautiful butterfly emerges, souring high and rising above all of the layers that it had to shed along the journey. As we come to Jesus our life is renewed through the healing and life changing love of God, because of what Jesus has done for us. Just as the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly, shedding off the old, we too can be like a butterfly. It won't be without pain and it may not be an easy process, but as we battle against the old and keep our focus on the Savior, He will give us the strength to do so, through His Atonement. 

‘Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.’ (1 Corinthians 15:43) Our testimony of what God has done for us, brings Him glory and honor, it’s part of our story. His story. We can learn so much in our times of darkness. His light is always there guiding us if we look to Him. By laying down our lives and following Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can be free in Him; we can be a new creation in Him. How wonderful! How grateful I am that I have been made new in Him, renewed daily in His presence. I love how God speaks to us through His creation.  I will always delight in the beauty of a butterfly.

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