Every time I pass my coffee table I can't help but stop and smell the the fresh lavender filling the air. My Mom and I took a trip to a nearby lavender farm in Oregon this summer and it was that day where I made my first bouquet.
We arrived to a lush purple field and hundreds of bees that were busy pollinating (if you want to overcome your fear of bees I suggest going to a lavender field!!). After we picked up some scissors and a basket we were filled with determination to make the perfect bouquet. While we were busy working something caught the corner of our eyes, it was a yellow and black butterfly sitting delicately on the plant right next to us!
“Maddie quick take a picture!!”
I awkwardly chased this butterfly around for longer than I would like to admit until I captured a photo. My Mom and I continued to watch this beautiful creature drink the sweet nectar from the lavender until it had enough of our “oohing” and “ahhing” and decided to fly away.
Before a caterpillar turns into a butterfly it has to undergo some work and transformation. Different body parts morph and change, they grow wings and become the creature that I chased around that day! As we made our way back to the car I couldn’t help but truly think how this beautiful butterfly had gone through a change, a metamorphosis, like I had when I decided to live my life for Jesus.
There is something that happens when we respond to Jesus’s pull on our hearts. There is a change when we listen to the Holy Spirit compelling us to draw closer to Him.
I remember a specific moment last year where I had been crying over a situation thinking “I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to handle this” when He tugged on my heart to draw closer to Him. I felt the Holy Spirit in my heart so strongly, as Christ's love compelled me to lay my burdens before Him, to give my stress and worry over to Him, to give my old ways over to Him and to dive into His Word! My own metamorphosis began and I have been excited to grow with Him ever since.
When we decide to live our lives for Jesus we are no longer living for ourselves and our worldly pleasures. We are born again! We have a new purpose! The Bible calls us God’s Ambassadors in where our purpose and goal is to shine God’s light onto a broken world and to draw people to God’s grace and goodness.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” // 2 Corinthians 5:15
Sometimes it can be tempting to retreat to our old familiar ways of living, but we have to remind ourselves that God has chosen us for His purpose! He has transformed us, He set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come// 2 Corinthians 1:22 It is all SO worth it in the end!
A caterpillar doesn’t turn into a butterfly overnight, and we don’t either! The Lord is constantly transforming us through trials, triumphs, and different seasons! Let’s embrace this change and live expectantly with faith.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” // 2 Corinthians 5:17
Maddie // @maddieowens23