So if the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed.
Butterflies populate our church. Not real ones, but images of butterflies adorn the walls representing the vision of our church - transformation. What else represents transformation better than a butterfly? What a picture of what God does in the life of the believer. He lifts us out of our miry existence and enables us to soar like eagles.
There's a story about a little boy who spotted a cocoon squirming on the sidewalk. To be a good helper, the boy opened up a hole in the end. But when the butterfly emerged from the chrysalis, it was crippled, unable to fly. It needed the struggle to break out of the chrysalis to develop strength in its wings.
And it is the struggles we face that strengthen us and provide freedom. When we are in a dark place like a cocoon, we can trust that God is still working. He is transforming us into new creations, no longer to be trudging along, but giving us wings. As in exercise, no pain - no gain.
Sometimes, we see others in the struggle. We want to rush in to save the day for our children, but they'll never develop their wings if we do. Maybe we have a friend or family member that needs to be accountable, not just assisted. Though we want to be a helper like the little boy, we may need to step back and allow our fellow butterfly to experience their struggle so they can be strengthened for their journey. That can be harder than going through the struggle ourself, can't it?
I just saw an amazing movie called "The Butterfly Circus."
It's 20 minutes, so when you have the time, I urge you to watch it. It will move you beyond words. Click here to watch it. And have tissues handy.
After you watch the movie, here are some links to clips you'll want to watch about one of the actors in the film. I can't tell you more without spoiling the impact of the movie, but be sure to take the time to click on the YouTube videos below. You will be inspired, I promise.
Nick Vujicic - Greg Laurie Interview (21 minutes)
No arms, No legs, No worries (9 minutes)
Shows Nick swimming, cooking, grooming, daily activities
I Love Living Life. I Am Happy. (7 minutes)
Motivational clip of Nick speaking to youth
Nick Vujicic' s Official Website
What impact did this have on you?
Have you ever felt like a caterpillar? How about a butterfly?
Have you ever felt like an oddity, suitable only for a circus sideshow?
How has God transformed you? Used you in someone else's life?