I’ve got butterflies on the brain! This weekend I’m off on a butterfly themed Guide camp and have spent the last fortnight immersed in butterfly cakes, butterfly songs, butterfly games and butterfly badges. I can even tell you the word for butterfly in 8 different languages…
In and through it all, as ever, God has been whispering his own message, a story that is so much more beautiful and important than anything else that’s going on!
When I look at butterflies I’m drawn in to the extraordinary hope of becoming. The caterpillar has all the potential to become something beautiful and beyond itself, all wrapped up in an ungainly, flightless body. It goes through a time of slowly feeding and growing, and then an incredibly tough season of transformation, but in all that time it is becoming.
One of the most glorious things about being a follower of Jesus is realising that who I am now is not all I’m ever going to be.. That I can expect an onward journey of becoming more like Jesus, with more hope, love, faith and grace being released into my life. Even when ‘everything is NOT awesome’ I am still becoming.
And in that time (and this is the bit I really love) I’m not travelling away from who I really am – I’m actually travelling towards the person I was always meant to be.
In this world obsessed with self-actualisation, I’m letting go of my need to know myself and choosing to try to know Him; letting go of my right to be myself and choosing to be who He calls me to be. And beautifully, gloriously, amazingly, this actually leads me to a place where I become more deeply and truly myself than I could ever have been.
Have a great weekend my friends, and if you read this on Friday, pray that it doesn’t rain too much in Cyprus this weekend! x