Friday, August 31, 2012

Change Can Be Fun If You're a Butterfly

Change can be fun if you're a butterfly. IF you're a butterfly.

If you're not yet a butterfly, it may be hard.
And if you're all together not a butterfly, it will probably also be hard.

This past week at church and Bible study we talked about the passage in John where a Pharisee named Nicodemus was talking with Jesus and Jesus talks about how to see the kingdom of Heaven. He responds that you must be 'born again.' 
Though this phrase is so often overused in our culture today, we see the reason and the real meaning behind it in the Scriptures, that Jesus talks about being made new "born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."

Honestly, I could see myself at some point in my life being as confused as Nicodemus appeared, as he said, "How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

I think about the butterfly and how the it changes from what it once was earlier in its life cycle.

So often in our lives we see change in purely the physical or surface level means. This can be good but it wasn't what Jesus was talking about for us.

We need a cure that is beyond our capabilities. We can't be transformed without the Spirit.

I think about change and sometimes I cringe, because I know change is can be difficult. Change happens on so many levels and sometimes I haven't always been able to see it. Sometimes, I later see it, but what God is doing is not always visible and I often  just want to SEE it like the change like all at once you see the butterfly and you think AHA it's there and it's beautiful and wasn't that easy.

But God is up to something. He makes the butterfly with the purpose just like He makes you and I, with a purpose, knowing it will be hard but beautiful. Hold on when you can't see the change happening.

It's there.

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