The Trusting Butterfly

The Trusting Butterfly

Butterflies are very unique. They start off as a minuscule egg, change into a caterpillar where they go through five different stages of growth and development, then the caterpillar spins a silk pad around itself which it attaches to something and it slowly sheds its skin leaving only an exoskeleton inside of which the adult butterfly forms.

Many of us have heard how butterflies start off pretty ugly but then this beautiful insect with brilliant colors results. All of that is true but I think the thing we forget about is the hard work the butterfly must go through to get to the beauty and the trust it has to hope for better days.

It goes through days of turmoil when predators may come and pick it off of the leaf its egg is on or grab the caterpillar off the ground for food. The adult butterfly goes through dark days inside its silk pad as a chrysalis not knowing that better days lie ahead. It doesn’t realize that after these difficult days there will be beautiful flowers to smell and eat from or that it will soon enjoy the feel of wind beneath its wings as it flys.

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul.”
~ taken from “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson

A lot can be learned from the butterfly. We, too, go through many changes in various stages of our lives. We often go through awkward teen years, beauty filled adult years and then wrinkled-filled senior years. If we have children, we go through difficult, no sleep days and nights and tantrum-filled toddler days; school days filled with performances and sporting activities; and ultimately high school and college days and leaving the nest. I have to say, as we are approaching the empty nest stage, I don’t like it. I’m happy for my children of course and glad they are confident and strong enough to spread their wings, but I sure am yearning for the days of keeping them under my own.

Life can also bring circumstances that keep us hidden in the dark, like our own chrysalis. Whether it’s a bad health diagnosis, a broken relationship, loneliness or financial struggles, these life events can leave us yearning for better days as we’re not able to see they’re just around the corner. We may want to give up the fight, not willing to hang upside down a day longer, but what if the butterfly did that? I’m sure it’s not easy being inside that small silk pad going through such changes in that dark and tiny space. If you watch as the adult butterfly begins to work through and thin out its silk pad, you can just see there is hard work being done.

When we are going through those difficult days, we have to remember the butterfly which learns to spread its wings and soar in the beauty that comes after the darkness. It may take days of hard work, trust and difficulty. But your beauty will come too. Just trust, wait and then soar!

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Tina Dorward About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.

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