Be a Butterfly

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Philippians 3:14-15

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. Psalm 84:10

I had someone share a quote with me recently at a moment I needed to hear it most by Trina Paulus. It goes like this: “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

To pursue God is to become a butterfly; to give up your legs and gain wings to soar toward the high calling of Christ. In order to do that you have to be willing to let go of being earthbound and crawling on the dust of the ground. It seems glamorous, to metamorphosize from earthly caterpillar to airbound butterfly, but I assure you it comes at a price. As I learn what it means to follow Christ wherever He may lead, it is beginning to cost me many things I never realized would be so hard to let go. But as I mature in my faith and walk with the Lord to press toward the high calling, it has become necessary for me to transform from caterpillar to butterfly so that I can reach heights I’ve never dreamed possible.

What makes this hard, however, is that I don’t get to eat the leaves on the ground like the other caterpillars; I have to fly around, search for the good flowers, and use my proboscis to suck the nectar out of them. That’s way more work than just happening upon some greenery to munch. Also, once you transform into a butterfly, you find you have less in common with your caterpillar friends. It’s lonely in the sky when you’re the only one flying. Though you know you wouldn’t trade your wings to go back to crawling along the ground, staying afloat is hard work. The air around you affects you much more than it did when you had no wings. But a caterpillar can only climb as high as the highest tree he can find, whereas a butterfly can continue to soar upward as high as he wishes. A butterfly can go further distances, even crossing the sea but a caterpillar is confined to the land.

I’d rather risk it all in the pursuit of Christ than to stay safely rooted in the world. But sometimes, if only for a moment, I take time to reflect on my time as a caterpillar with fondness. Safer? Yes. Extraordinary? No. Easier? Yes. More fulfilling? No. On second thought, I’ll definitely stay a butterfly.