Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
No this is not a summary, synopsis, or review of the movie “The Butterfly Effect” featuring Ashton Kutcher that came out a few years ago. This post is about the transformation that takes place when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly through the process of metamorphosis and how it relates to our transformation in Christ. So I thought “Butterfly Effect” would be a catchy title.
When it’s time for a caterpillar to start the process of metamorphosis in order to change into a butterfly, it goes into a cocoon. We can’t see what is happening on the inside of the cocoon, but we know that transformation is taking place. Because when the process is complete, the caterpillar bursts forth from the cocoon as a butterfly.
The same is similar with us. We might be crawling around as a caterpillar but when we have an encounter with Christ we are transformed into a butterfly. Most of the time we can’t see any changes but we know that transformation is taking place because of what God has promised us in His Word. Paul tells us how this transformation takes place in Romans 12:2. Transformation comes from renewing our mind. The way we perceive things, the way we think, and what we put into our minds determines what we will change into. Therefore, the cocoon of life is the mind. If you want to go from a caterpillar, crawling around, to a butterfly, free to fly; you must start to think like a butterfly and not like a caterpillar. You must think about your breakthrough even though you can’t see it inside of the cocoon.
Another example is giving birth. When a woman first becomes pregnant, you can’t see from the outside that a baby is being formed on the inside. But after nine months, she gives birth to a child. In the first couple months you can’t see that anything is changing but around the last couple months you can see the signs that the woman is about to give birth. Paul tells us that even though we can’t see it we are being transformed ( See 2 Corinthians 3:18).
The reason why we give up most of the time before we give birth to what God has for us is what I heard Christine Caine say at Elevation Church for the Code Orange Revival. She said that we confuse our due date with God’s appointed time. We don’t want to admit it but we give God a due date on when we think that we should receive our breakthrough. And we give up on ever giving birth because we don’t wait on God’s appointed time.
God wanted me to remind you and to let you know, that even though it doesn’t look like anything is happening and that it’s past your due date; you are going to give birth to something like never before if you wait on His appointed time. So now is not the time to cry, now is the time to push!