Posted by: Pure Glory | 04/16/2023

Transformation From A Caterpillar To Butterfly

by Hazel Straub

How many of you have admired the beauty of butterflies and identified with their transformation from a caterpillar? There, however, is a process that it must go through, before appearing as a butterfly. First, the caterpillar emerges from a tiny egg and eats the leaves on which it arises. It is very hungry and eats much, shedding its skin and growing up to 100 times its original size. Second, it forms a chrysalis, which hangs from a twig or the underside of a leaf and hardens.

Inside, the pupa begins to digest its whole body. Soon, only a nutrient rich liquid remains, instead of the caterpillar. The wings and the entire butterfly form, in this restrictive protective environment. Finally, the butterfly fights its way out of the chrysalis, after undergoing a metamorphosis. Cutting the cocoon open to help, will result in underdeveloped wings that will never fly. The struggle to emerge, makes the butterfly strong. The butterfly rests for hours, before flying. Then butterfly soars, in testimony of its Creator.

The ugly caterpillar, into a beautiful butterfly transformation is a picture of what God does with our lives. We feed and grow, as we are hungry for more of the Lord. We consume the Word of God, growing in fellowship with the Lord, praising, worshipping, listening and obeying. We desire nothing more than to become more like him. Then we undergo a process of transformation, in the dark restrictive protection of the chrysalis, with our flesh dying, as we become liquid. We cry out to God because we find the process painful. Our Creator’s beauty shines, in our metamorphosis from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

It is important not to resist the process but to submit fully to the Master’s hand, on our lives. Do not complain about the restrictions, on your life because they are your protection, during the process. At the set time, we struggle to cast off the last remnants of the old season.  This struggle causes us to become God dependent, we need him. Then others will marvel at the beauty of Jesus, seen in the redeemed completely transformed life, as we soar in the light of God’s love. It will cost you everything but you will gain so much more!

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” (Romans 12:2 AMPC)

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  1. What a beautiful analogy! Blessings and peace!

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  2. Lived it, time to soar.

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  3. This is so good!

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  4. God’s work is so beautiful in our lives and you have described it well with this perfect analogy. What a miracle working God we serve!

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    • 🦋 Yes, God, gives us fresh analogies all the time. He gives us beauty out of what looks like disaster!🦋

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  5. Thanks.. happy Sunday

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  6. You’ve shared a great analogy for transformation. Particularly poignant is the butterfly being unable to fly if it hasn’t struggled enough. Thank you.


    • Nancy, the butterfly never being able to fly if someone helped them avoid the struggle to get out really struck me. Also being confined in the chrysalis for its transformation reminded myself of hating the restrictions that kept me safe. You’re welcome! Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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  7. A very uplifting post! What a wonderful blessing from God when we are finally made into a beautiful butterfly after the process!

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    • God loves us the way we are and loves us too much to let us remain the same. We are in the process! 🦋


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