Beautiful In His Time

hello friends. My name is Christiana from @joyfullychristiana! I'm so excited to share what the Lord has laid on my heart.

 
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First off, I would like to thank Rachael for giving me this opportunity to share my heart with you all. I am truly honored that she would let me write here.

Thank you, Rachael! You are a wonderful ray of light in this ever darkening world, and I pray that you don't let the darkness dim your shine.

Spring has finally sprung here in Wisconsin, and I am just loving this warm weather! There is something so incredibly wonderful about new life and growth.

With that in mind, I began to think about one of the greatest examples of second chances and new life that we have on earth.

The butterfly.

We have all heard some illustration at some point, about how caterpillars eventually turn into beautiful winged creatures called butterflies.

But there are a few details that are often skipped over by many people, and that is what I want to focus on today.

Let's skip the whole caterpillar stage, and go straight to the moment when the new butterfly is emerging from the cocoon, into the bright, warm world.

There was once a man who was walking in the woods, and stumbled across a butterfly, struggling to escape from its dormant prison. He watched in wonder for a few moments, but the small creature seemed to be too weak to help itself. It simply struggled against it's binding, the crumpled wings hanging limp behind it.

The man, feeling sorry for the butterfly, reached up and swiftly released it from the cocoon. It perched on his hand and made a a pitiful attempt at flight. But it was too weak. It's wings hadn't been strengthened as they should be, due to the help the butterfly had received in breaking free.

This story meant little to me at the time I heard it.

But recently it surfaced in my memory and as I began to meditate on it, I realized just how much the butterfly is like a person in the midst of a struggle.

So many times in my life, I have wanted to just be free from the trials that bound me. I wanted to escape from the pain, from the sting of betrayal, from the tears of misunderstanding.

But God, as our Heavenly Father, knows what is best. He knows that for us to become stronger, we must go through some things without the constant help of his guiding hand. We must struggle against the ropes of sin that bind us to our frailties. We must endure pain in order to grow into the new creature that he wants us to become.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

The butterfly doesn't understand the struggle. But that doesn't stop it from struggling.

It doesn't know why it has to battle against the "chains" that bind it, but it doesn't stop to wonder if it's worth it.

The battle, the struggle, the pain, the tears, are they really worth it? Are they really making us better? Stronger? More glorious?

The answer is yes.

1,000 times yes!

Forever and ever, YES!

Our Heavenly Father created us glorious. We are gold.

But gold, when it is first taken from the ground, is not pure. It's dirty. It's ugly. It's definitely not engagement ring material.

But our God knows how to take away the dross. He puts us through the fire to make us pure. To purge the impurities. To burn off the unnecessary things that are holding us back from becoming the pure, wonderful person he wants us to be.

When a diamond is first picked out of the dirt, it doesn't look so great. It's not shiny. There is no sparkle.

But the master craftsman knows that if he grinds away the imperfections, he will make something that is unbreakably beautiful!

God, our master craftsman, is grinding away our imperfections to create an unbreakably glorious, shining human being who will put others in awe by their faith.

The diamond, the gold, the butterfly, all point to a master craftsman. They point to a God who has a love so vast, so wide, so immeasurable, so completely all enveloping, that he is willing to put you under pressure to make you stronger.

You may shed tears, you may endure scars, you may wonder why. But in the end, you will rise up on strong wings of faith. You will shine brighter than the stars. You will be purer than the purest gold.

And it isn't the diamond that makes itself beautiful, it is the master craftsman, the hands, the heart, the blood, sweat and tears that make the diamond beautiful.

So if you don't understand. If you're wondering why in the world you are going through this trial, remember that the end is greater than the beginning.

The sun always sets and oh, how dark is the night! But the morning will shine like the sun and the shadows will be illumined to reveal a new creature.

He's making you beautiful in his time.

Stay Joyful & Kind,

Christiana

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