What do you do when you’ve prayed all the prayers your mind can think to pray?
What do you do when you have cried all the tears your eyes will allow?
What do you do when you’ve read scriptures and devotions, listened to songs and sermons?
What do you do when you’ve sought WISE counsel?
Let me be the 1st to tell you that the Christian walk isn’t easy by a long shot. However, it’s very rewarding. It makes you stronger and better. It shapes and molds you into a beautiful creature IF you’re willing to go through the breaking. My pastor gives a great analogy when it comes to this process. When a caterpillar goes through the stages of it’s metamorphosis and begins to break free from the cocoon that has it bound the wings get cut by the cocoon and this cutting is what shapes/molds the wings to be able to fly properly.
Stage 1 & 2: When the egg is laid and the caterpillar is born it has to eat A LOT in order to grow and the skin doesn’t stretch as it grows, instead it sheds the old skin several times in order to grow.
Stage 3: Once the caterpillar reaches it’s full length and weight the cocoon stage begins. It’s in this stage that the real transformation takes place. The old literally becomes new during this stage. The caterpillar isn’t seen during this stage either. It may look like nothing is going on but big changes are happening inside.
Stage 4: After all the molding and shedding is complete the butterfly can emerge from it’s place of transformation. A new creature who is beautifully, unique and can now fly. Once before it was confined to the ground with slow movement and no wings and was less appealing to the eye.
Christians, like butterflies, go through ugly stages in life but if we see it through to the end we come out beautiful and fly above the things that once had a bound. So, if you feel like me and you’re in a place where things seem all wrong and there’s no way out, might I suggest: you’re in your stage 3 and you need to be hid from the dangers seen and unseen and those that may distract you and keep you from completing your metamorphosis so that you can break free and fly freely. Don’t give up by looking at your present situation. Keep pushing! Not once does the caterpillar decide “This is too painful. I’m too confined. I don’t wanna do this anymore, it’s too hard.” No, it endures the trials and comes out victorious and better than before. Oh be more like the animals of this land. They never worry about where their meals will come from and how things will happen for them and their offspring. They carry on like normal with no doubts and they are always taken care of just like in Matthew 6:25-34, we are instructed to not worry about one day to the next because GOD WILL PROVIDE!
I’ll leave you with this…
2 Corinthians 1: 3-5 Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort, (4) who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (5) For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.