Each butterfly has a life cycle that it goes through to become an adult which is broken into four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. For each stage, there is a different outcome. The length of each butterfly’s life cycle differs ranging from 1 to 12 months. The egg is the first stage and once the egg hatches it becomes larva or as we call it the caterpillar. In this stage, the caterpillars consume a lot of food so that they can grow rapidly by molting. The pupa stage occurs once the caterpillar has reached their desired length and weight they form into a pupa. On the outside looking in they are resting yet a transformation also known as metamorphosis is taking place on the inside. During metamorphosis, the tissue, limbs, and organs of the caterpillar have evolved. And last but certainly not least the adult butterfly emerges from the pupa. Within 3-4 hours after emerging the butterfly will master flying.
I recently saw a post on Instagram which reminded me of my current season in life and the various stages the butterflies experience from an egg to a butterfly. The post said “I’m in an uncomfortable stage of my life where my old self is gone but my new self isn’t fully born yet. I’m in the midst of transformation.” I don’t know about you all but I could totally relate. I’m not where I once was yet I am not quite where I would like to be. My dreams have not yet been realized, and purpose has yet to be fulfilled. In other words, I have not arrived at my ideal destination. While I am not ready to begin flying I’m no longer an egg. According to the stages of the butterfly, I’m currently in the pupa stage. From the outside looking in it may look like I’m resting yet I’m diligently working and metamorphosis is occurring. The only way we become is through transformation. I’m in the midst of transformation towards my innate purpose.
While I am confident that I’m heading in the right direction I am aware that I must remain in the will of God, use my time and resources efficiently, and remain true to myself. I know that a paradigm shift is occurring yet it’s on God’s timing and not my own. If we’re being totally honest patience is a virtue that I haven’t completely acquired. Yet I cannot rush the process because God’s timing is perfect and he will elevate me when the time is right. Until then I must keep on working, trusting, praying, fasting, reading, and believing. I cannot compare my process to any other butterflies.
A part of my process is pushing past my fears and overcoming each mountain in my life by relying solely on my faith. The purpose of life is to evolve continuously. After all growth doesn’t occur in the midst of our comfort zones. I have not yet been cleared for takeoff. One thing that gives me comfort is God’s deciding to take his time with me. I am quality and quality cannot be rushed. I am God’s masterpiece. God intends for the seeds he has placed within me to reap a full harvest because they were planted in rich soil. As a result, I cannot forfeit my transformation process because that would compromise my purpose. Psalms 46:10 says Be still, and know that I am God. His promises provide me with the strength to keep the momentum going. I may not be where I want to be yet I’m right where he would have me in this moment. One day I’ll be able to spread my wings like a butterfly but until then I’ll continue evolving because life is a marathon, not a destination.