26 In Faith/ Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: The Process of Growth

 

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.

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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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26 Comments

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    Sandra @ Sandra's Ark
    May 23, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Hi Barbie I just love your picture, though I may be bias as butterflies are one of the things I adore.
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      Barbie
      May 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Sandra. This is a creative commons photo. I too am partial to butterflies. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend.

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    Marie
    May 23, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Barbie, I am new to reading your blog and am so glad I found it! Your words today are so true and bring hope to my soul. The process may last longer than I want it to. It might even be painful. But growth is worth it!
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      Barbie
      May 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Marie, I am so thankful you stopped by. I browsed through your bog today and am looking forward to getting to know you better. Have a blessed and beautiful weekend.

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    June
    May 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

    And so she writes with butterfly wings, newly formed and beautiful. Thank you for continuing to share your journey, Barbie. We are blessed.
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      Barbie
      May 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you June!

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    Ceil
    May 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Hi Barbie! I love the story of caterpillar to butterfly. And you are so right, it’s downright dark in there. No fun. But we have to believe that God will break us out of the dark at just the right time. Never late, but never too early either.

    Have a lovely holiday weekend 🙂
    Ceil
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      Barbie
      May 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      His timing is perfect. Have a beautiful weekend Ceil!

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    Denise
    May 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Really liked this.

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      Barbie
      May 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Denise. Have a lovely weekend.

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    Jolene Underwood (@Faith_Eyes)
    May 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This, “Growth, it takes time. Yet, we want to rush the process.” so true. I am right there with you Barbie! And this. “Without the transforming power of Christ, we will never fly.” So good friend
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      Barbie
      May 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Have a beautiful weekend Jolene!

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    Patty
    May 24, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Barbie, I loved this and can so relate. “The God Who formed us in the darkness once more transforms us in the darkness.” Poetic knowledge. It is dark to us and I do know that exact feeling of being in the cocoon, and then I think, “even the darkness is light to Him”. Thank you for pouring this beautiful post out of your beautiful heart.
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Thank you my friend. So thankful that even in the darkness, His light surrounds me. Have a beautiful week.

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    Mary Geisen
    May 24, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Yes, I want to go to the secret place with Christ! But what keeps holding me back? I let life get in the way and choose that as more important than whatever Christ is calling me to. Ugh! It is so hard yet when God calls saying “Yes” should be so easy. Beautiful post and a great question to ponder and figure out how I can continue to say “yes” instead of overthinking it. Have a beautiful weekend!
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I think we hold back our yes because we know that it will cost us. I keep asking God to make me more like Him, to take my eyes off of the momentary satisfaction of this world. Keep saying yes, my friend.

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    Donna Reidland
    May 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I loved this statement! “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.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the cost of surrendering and reminding us of the reward of that deepening relationship with Him. Donna
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thanks for stopping by Donna!

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    Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith)
    May 25, 2014 at 3:06 am

    O love the idea of Butterflies for SUnday School I have 1st and 2nd graders so that is something I might do next year, perhaps! You make me giggle with your Blog redesign frequency- my mom always is rearranging her furniture…reminds me of her , and it always looks great, whetever she does- reminds me of you and your blog! 😉
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Yea, since I haven’t been able to pay for blog design, I’ve been experiment with finding themes I like, changing up the colors, etc. I may stick with this one for a bit.

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    Holly Barrett
    May 25, 2014 at 4:12 am

    We are always a work in progress and I’m so grateful that He doesn’t leave us to wander through the darkness alone. Lovely post, Barbie! And I like the new design!
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Thanks so much Holly!

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    Carrie
    May 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Such a beautiful post, Barbie! So much of growth involves pain, disappointment, frustration and trial. So thankful we have The Lord to guide us, forgive us, love us and renew us! Thank you for sharing your lovely heart!
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:44 am

      The journey always stretches us out of our comfort zone. I’m so thankful that His light surrounds me a I take the journey.

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    Rebekah
    May 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    You can’t know how perfect and how needed these words have been for me this weekend. You have ministered to me so tremendously as I have been reading through Love Idol. Thank you so much. And I’m so glad to be here – I’ve been wanting to do the Weekend Brew forever!
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      Barbie
      May 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Rebekah, I was thrilled to see your link up. I’ve started to read Love Idol, and it is a hard read, one that I’m not sure I’m ready for yet. When I do, I know you will be there to support me. Have a beautiful week.

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