Have you ever thought about how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly? Sometimes I do and what always stands out to me is that there are times when the caterpillar will find the backside of a tree to spin its cocoon. While it is inside the cocoon, the metamorphosis takes place. And if you are watching the cocoon, when it is time for the new creation to emerge, you may notice a violent struggle taking place.
I once heard Joyce Meyer talking about someone who saw this very thing. The person was so grieved by the struggle going on inside; he decided he wanted to help the process by cutting open the cocoon. By doing this, the person actually killed the butterfly. It was not fully formed. The struggle was actually a necessary part of the transformation process. This instantly reminds me of Psalm 139.
Psalm 139: 13 – 16
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
God, Himself, forms us when we are in our mother’s womb. We were not hidden from Him, but He actually orchestrated the union of your father’s sperm and your mother’s egg. WOW! What a concept. And if that’s not enough to blow your mind, then think about this: all our days were fashioned by Him while we were being formed. While we were growing inside our moms, hidden from the world, He was writing out our destiny – HIS plan for our lives. Then, when it is time for us to enter into the world, there is a great struggle to bring us forth.
I believe both of these examples give some insight into how He works. He forms things in the secret, hidden places. And we are made in His image and in His likeness. So, if He forms things and fashions things in secret, how much more should we do the same? I believe sometimes He will lead us to the backside of a tree (or the backside of a desert season) to form some things inside of us. Then, once the work is complete, there may be a struggle to bring it to completion. The birthing process may be messy and look horrible to others, but we can relax because we KNOW that He Who promised this is faithful!
You may be going through a struggle right now. You may actually be wrestling with God over your destiny. I want to encourage you to take the time today to BeLoved Completely and as you sit in His presence, may He remind you that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. Or there may be someone in your life that is going through something right now and you may be tempted to put your hand to the process. You may want to “help” so badly, but I believe you can see that it would be detrimental if you did. You may even kill what God is wanting to birth. So, it is my prayer for you that you will relax and let hope fill your heart once again so that you can join with the psalmist and say, “Marvelous are Your works, Lord. I trust YOU!“