Butterflies Are Free

tumblr_lsveijHpmW1qmrq93o1_500Butterflies have always held a distinctive significance in my life, one of transformation and kindness of spirit. They are beautiful and free…and they harm no living thing.  Yet their true colors are not evident until they first live a difficult life, subsequently enduring a birth through a chrysalis of pain and struggle.  That pain and struggle hold a singular place in that transformation, for without them the butterfly will die upon emerging, unable to fly.
God’s Word tells us His power transforms us into His image, and that with freedom and His glory.
                 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
                   liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of
                  the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,
                  just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”  ~ II Corinthians 3:17-18
Hearing God’s word to us {that He is always speaking} is a daily process.  It is the expression of His nature, not ours, just as His call is a reflection of who He is, not who we are, nor our own ideas of what He is saying and doing.  It is only when we come into complete and utter dependence in relationship with Him that we are able to hear His call.  Most of us are so preoccupied with asking God to bless our plans, our desires, our temperaments, our qualities and traits that we cannot hear Him.  As long as we focus on what we think we are suited for, we cannot hear Him, for we have blocked His voice with our own thoughts, ideas, and opinions; we only hear ourselves.  Oswald Chambers said that to be brought to the place where we can hear the call of God is to be profoundly changed.  In other words, TRANSFORMED.
Surrender is the key to transformation.  The power that raised Jesus from the dead lives within us; the Word promises it.  Surrendering our flaws to His power allows Him to fulfill the potential He had in mind when He created us as unique expressions of His love.  Sometimes surrender is terribly difficult, especially if one has not developed a habit of trust in God’s great love for us.  However, the truth is that He asks permission to transform us so that we will access the power we’ve been asking Him for to do His will.  And afterwards, when we have been transformed and we obey Him, He then rewards us for our obedience.  He gives us what we need to change and obey, and then when we obey, He blesses us!  How great is His love for us!
God is busy creating us into His image daily.  Surrender to that transformation creates vulnerability and humility.  I like the way John Eldredge states it.  “It’s not prideful to embrace the truth that you bear the image of God.  Paul says that it brings glory to God.  We walk in humility because we know it is a glory bestowed.  It reflects something of the Lord’s glory.  The deeper reason we fear our own glory is that once we let others see it, they will have seen the truest us, and that is nakedness indeed.”
I pray that you allow God to transform you.  Personally, I hope the wings Jesus gives me will have colors that have never yet been seen.  And I pray I depend on His strength to carry them well, to reflect the glorious ineffable beauty of His presence that draws all life to Himself, the source of life, light, and love.
~ Denise Chambellan

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