When I think about a butterfly, I think about majestic colors. I think about the butterfly’s ability to fly freely in search of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers. I think about total freedom to do what God intended a butterfly to do – to pollinate flowers promoting their growth.
Most of us know that the butterfly began as a caterpillar. When I think of a caterpillar, I think of something that is ugly and creepy. I don’t have pleasant thoughts and I will avoid them at all costs. However, despite my negative thoughts toward the caterpillar, the caterpillar does not lose sight of God’s intention to transform the caterpillar into a butterfly.
Some of us have been diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetics. This chronic condition often carries a negative connotation with it. We must not allow those negative connotations to defeat us. We may be diabetic, but we also have an assignment that was planted into our spirit before we were born.
The caterpillar does not lose sight of its ultimate goal. Many of us can use the example of the caterpillar to encourage us to continue to strive toward our God-given goal.
It may take me longer to get there, but God does not move based on my timetable. God knows my limitations and He wants to move me beyond my comfort zone so that I can be transformed into the person that He has created me to be.
Do not allow a chronic condition to become your stumbling block. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you to manage your condition. It may take you longer to get there, but it will happen in God’s time as long as you continue to move forward. Remember the caterpillar. Today I am a caterpillar, but I am becoming a butterfly.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
By Lorraine Castle