Credit to Chip Ingram "Transformed"
Imagine two butterflies named Barbara and Benny emerging side-by-side. You get to ease drop on their first conversation as they prepare to take flight. Their escape from the cocoons gets them out of a tight spot and into a major decision: turn back or continue the process.
Which one of these butterflies will represent your life?
Chip Ingram says "A believer whose life does not change is an oxymoron." You see, God loves us too much to leave us in that condition. We can do more than emerge from the cocoon; we can leave it behind.
Barbara's answer to the wonderful possibilities beyond the precarious pirch outside the cocoon on the branch is to take off! Benny's answer to the wonderful possibilities beyond the precarious pirch outside the cocoon on the branch is to return to the cocoon.
Ephesians 4:20-24 says "...you were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self... to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Life outside the cocoon is scary to those familiar with the old life. For Benny, the fear associated with the unknown world held him captive in the familiarity of his cocoon. Instead of trusting his wings, he chose to reenter the cocoon he no longer fit. He became stuck between two worlds.
“The most miserable person is the butterfly trying to live as a worm."
Barbara left the cocoon behind in every way. Her attention was so focused on the new life and all its possibilities that she didn't even miss the old. For her, the excitement of finding out what it meant to be a "new creation" held all her attention. Once she began to experience that reality, she couldn't imagine going back.
Take a moment to ask God for a healthy dose of "holy recklessness" as you dream about stepping off branches and flying boldly where you haven't dared to fly before.
2 Tim 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love, and of a sound mind."