This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice an be glad in it!
My name is Brigitte Renée Shewbridge, and I work with media here at RBM. Pastor Rick has asked me to begin sending out weekly posts of what God is putting on my heart. Here goes.
Two summers ago I was painting a table my carpenter brother had built for me. I asked God to take my hand and paint whatever He wanted. In the center I painted the word “Believe” and proceeded to paint flowers around the perimeter. Then, on the tip of the word “Believe”, I painted a butterfly. I didn’t know why! I always thought they were a rather cliche creature to see: on tattoos, calendars, etc.
I Asked God,
“Why a butterfly?”
And He said,
“THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE.”
Then He showed me. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” I had declared this Scripture over myself time and time again, and here was a visual of the meaning! My belief in Christ and in His resurrecting power had made me new; He had placed His Spirit in me and I was a new creature, just like a butterfly.
A butterfly begins as a tiny caterpillar. The caterpillar is a fuzzy, earth-bound bug that isn’t a whole lot to look at. It has to go through a metamorphosis to become what it’s purposed to be. It must enter into the cocoon and allow time and pressure to complete their work. It must be alone in the protective shell where the change is produced. It must not be helped out of the cocoon prematurely – it must struggle and push it’s way to break free. It is in the struggle that it becomes strong enough to fly. After it escapes the cocoon it must hang upside-down for a time and allow the blood to reach the very tips of it’s wings. Then, and only then, can it fly with confidence, strength, and beauty.
We are butterflies, aren’t we?
We begin as a fleshly human being, driven by our own desires and lusts and will, yet with the seed of potential for a greater purpose given by our Creator. When we come to Christ He begins the process of metamorphosis. In Him, from the moment we turn to Him, we are the new creature. Yet, at the same time, we are becoming it. When the Father looks at us He sees the righteousness of His Son (2 Corinthians 5:21). But we are also being sanctified day-by-day and working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Life does it’s work and takes away the “old us” and transforms us into the new in Christ. We must struggle to become what He has made us to become. We must suffer and consider it joy! He is working! It is through Him alone that we are strengthened to do what He asks of us. We can have confidence in Him in us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. And the “flight” will be an adventure: unpredictable, free, and beautiful.
So now what? We go and make more butterflies.
Fly, Butterfly! Fly!