Butterfly a powerful symbol of change

Dear editor:

Several years ago the Lord began speaking to me about butterflies. He continues to use these beautiful creatures to teach me more of His deep truths. He began showing me how a caterpillar is bound to earthly things, unable to get from one place to another without being attached to someone or something. Whether the ground, tree, or other objects. He is needy and must depend on someone or something at all times.

Until he goes through the painful metamorphosis process which transforms him into a new creation, separating him from what was to what is to be he is limited. This is a painful experience for the caterpillar, one that he would surely choose to not do if given that choice. But nature does not give him that choice. To be transformed from a caterpillar who is needy and dependent, he must go through the metamorphosis process.

Our transition is similar to the caterpillar, we are needy and bound to earthly things until we go through the healing and restoration process that God desires to do in our lives. That is what brings us to “total” wholeness, nothing missing, nothing broken and that is what empowers us to soar through life with the liberty and freedom that God has intended us to have.

Once we go through the transformation of who we were to who God has created us to be, we will no longer depend on people places or things the way that we used to.

A butterfly is free to lead and set the pace, he can soar through the skies and go where no one has gone before and do what no one has done before.

God has called us to be butterflies yet because it can be so painful many people do not make it through this process and unfortunately are never totally free and whole, But for those who do, they are now able to lead others into wholeness through the power of the holy spirit.

Once a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly he will never be the same again. A butterfly can never be a caterpillar again. He is a new creation, What was will never again be.

Once an earth-bound creature needy and dependent, but now a beautiful butterfly soaring through the sky. He is now limitless and free to do “all” that he was created to do.

There are two requirements to becoming a new creation.

The first of course is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and receiving forgiveness for your sins, and then letting go of what was.

It is not an easy process. In fact, it can be extremely difficult.

Just like that butterfly was all alone and afraid in that dark place feeling forgotten, you also may experience those same feelings, but only for a season. What seems to be your darkest hour may bring your greatest miracle.

It’s a time that you may question God as to why He is allowing this and where He is. But just like Paul and Silas’ desperate situation in Acts 16:22-26 looked hopeless after being beaten and thrown into prison for doing the right thing, they found their hope in their savior.

The Bible says that in the midnight hour, the darkest hour of the night, they began to sing worship songs to the Lord. Soon after they began singing, an earthquake suddenly came and shook the prison, shaking the chains off of Paul and Silas and the other prisoners around them.

One of the most powerful points to this story is that Paul and Silas’ suffering and victory also brought freedom to others as well. Their suffering wasn’t just about them.

God knows what He is doing, and He knows what’s best for you. Allow Him to do what He’s desiring to do in your life, you can’t lose.

The Bible says that “God is love.” He loves us conditionally. Love is not what God does, it’s who He is. He will transform your life into something that you could have never imagined. If you will let Him. Allow Him to change your life, It is a continual process and an amazing journey. Remember, once the chains come off, you will never be the same again.

The world is waiting for you!

He loves you.

2nd Cor. 5:17

Therefore if anyone be in Christ he is a new creation, old things are passed away, behold “all” things become new.

Butterfly Butterfly

By Shari Lordi

I saw this little butterfly, tangled in the ground.

Reaching down to pick him up, I saw that he was bound.

Bound by limbs trees and dirt, to earthly things he latched,

he could not move in anyway unless he was attached.

Through all my labor and efforts tried, I could not set him free,

He could not move in any way without a limb or tree.

And then one day while walking by, suddenly I saw,

a little white round cocoon, in a tree that stood so tall.

This lonely earth-bound creature traveled very far,

broken and discouraged reaching for a star.

He said there must be more to life, I’m tired and I’m hurt,

Limited to earthly things crawling in the dirt.

This cocoon was moving back and forth, as though caught in a storm,

I noticed as I watched it move, it began to take new form.

He said this pain is horrible, I’m hurting and afraid,

Please!!! you must release me, but in this place he stayed.

Then he finally realized, this is what he must do,

To have all that God has for him and help all others too.

He stayed inside this dark cocoon for many many days,

He felt forgotten and alone but wants it all he prays.

It took much time but then one day, I saw something break through,

what was an earth-bound caterpillar has now become brand new.

Wings began breaking through, detached from earthly things,

Transformed into a butterfly, miracles he brings.

Once an earthbound caterpillar, limitless he flies,

Leading now he sets the pace, soaring through the skies.

Yesterday is gone he said, this is a brand new day,

He’s now a new creation, Butterfly, Butterfly fly away.

2nd Cor. 5:17 Therefore if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation. old things are passed away, behold all things become new.

Is. 43:18-19 Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.

Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, Shall you not know it?

– Shari Lordi, Youngstown