During the month of April, my preschool Sunday School class grew butterflies. We ordered four caterpillars through the mail and watched them transform over a matter of just a few weeks into something beautiful.
Growth, it takes time. Yet, we want to rush the process. From the time we are little girls, we want to be grown up, as we tumble down the hall in mom’s high heels and lipstick. After all, doesn’t growing up come with certain privileges?
The caterpillar hid in order to allow the life cycle to completely change him. Doesn’t God grow us in the secret place? When we hide ourselves in Him and shed this outward appearance, it is then that He comes and clothes us with righteousness, it is then that we grow to look more like Him.
The process of growth isn’t so much about our outward appearance as it is about what’s inside. It’s about our hearts, and how often they must first be broken in order to be made whole. It’s about trusting that the One who made us will not leave us in the process. [Tweet “It’s about a life, hidden with Christ, daring to believe that she has wings and the ability to fly.”]
Without the transforming power of Christ, we will never fly. As we strive to be more like Him, as we give Him permission to take this outward shell and make it something beautiful, He takes our hand and leads us into the secret place. And there, the transformation begins.
The process is most often painful, as we are stripped of everything that we’ve ever known. We cry out for God to make us beautiful, and so He comes. But it’s with a cost. You see, He wants all of us — spirit, soul and body. We will never be complete until we are completely His.
The God who formed us in darkness, will once again transform us in darkness. This transformation, it cannot be looked upon by the eyes of man. This growth, it can only happen when we decide to forsake the world and follow Him. And so, we will take His hand and allow Him to lead us into the secret place. Not just once, or twice, but over and over again. We continually shed our outer layer, making room for Him. We put on Christ, there in the secret place, and in return He gives us wings to fly.
Will you take His hand and allow Him to lead you to the secret place? He promises that despite the pain, you will emerge beautiful and ready to take flight.
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