Of Caterpillars, Chrysalis, and Christianity

Caterpillars are seriously cool! On their way to butterfly-dom, they go through several cocoons, and each time–after they shed the old shell–they puff themselves up with air, so that the new cocoon will grow bigger than the previous one.

This continues through several increasingly larger skins, until they leave the larva stage, change into a chrysalis, and after a period of apparent dormancy, transform into magnificent butterflys. (Does anyone here see a correlation to the human propensity to put on weight as we age/evolve? Some of us are going to become “mammoth” butterflies!)

I think God gave us the butterfly to help us understand our own journeys home. Change is a constant in our journey. Old ideas, old places, old roles, old habits give way to new understandings, new lives, new environments, and new habits, until we finally finish the journey, cast off our earthly self and don our bridal robes.

I have been sensing for awhile now that the Spirit’s about to rock our world, moving through it like a great River of God, and carrying all of us, corporately, on its crest, out of our old skins.

This River is about to surge through our lives as believers, gathering speed, uprooting old structures, overturning old notions, old habits, old fences, and shaking all our old skins from us.

A Catholic theologian, Bernard Haring, once said that the church today was covered with the dust of the centuries, encased in centuries of useless, Kingdom-hampering baggage. I sense that, like Kingdom caterpillars, we are about to shed that baggage, and morph, like larvae, from the current stage of Kingdom growth, into another new place.

I know I’m not alone in this understanding. Everywhere I look, I see change happening. Every Word-related message I read, every Spirit-led brother or sister I hear, and every new friend I meet, echoes this same vision. That’s God’s Spirit, giving us a preview of coming attractions. Do you sense it too?

And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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