My Pastor often gives analogies so we can grasp certain spiritual concepts. A few Bible Study classes ago, he explained the term metamorphosis. He explained that the transition of an unattractive caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly is an example of this incredible transformation. This took me back to second grade when our class witnessed the process, watching them constantly eat, settle into their cocoons and amazingly bloom into full-fledged butterflies! Pastor compared this evolution to our own personal transition when we decide to believe and follow Christ. That night after getting home, I sat there thanking God. Why? Because I realized over the past few years I’d been “morphing” into the butterfly God intended me to be!
I “technically” accepted Christ at ten years old but I feel like I just started this journey FORREAL… transforming into the person I need to be in order to live out His purpose. I accepted Him at a young age because I saw how much my family believed in and on Him. As a child I always attended church. Church was in my DNA so of course when I went away for college, I found a local fellowship and college ministry so that I would continue to receive and learn the Word. I attribute this era of my life to learning specifically about God’s faith, trust, and having an intimate relationship with Him. I remember particularly being intrigued and inspired by the Pastor’s series on intimacy; having that continuous one-on-one time with God similar to time spent with friends or family members. As he taught about intimacy, I began to desire communicating with God more and understanding I could go directly to Him for things like my anxiety issues regarding school, family or personal issues. Up until this point in my life, I had only believed and scratched the surface of His capabilities. Even though I was LEARNING about communication, and the how to, where to go and what to do when, I wasn’t fully ready to try Him or stop indulging in some of my bad habits.