Spiritual Practice

Emerging from the Cocoon

Katy Steele, 20

One of the best things I’ve ever read was on a refrigerator magnet: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. The saying strikes me as an accurate representation of our relationship with the Lord.

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

Whenever I’ve struggled with change—when my family moved for the eighth time, when I left home for college, when relationships came to an end—I’ve found comfort in knowing that God is at work in all things. Change is necessary to bring us closer to God and to advance God’s kingdom.

When his disciples saw Jesus hanging lifeless on the cross, I’m sure they wondered if God knew what God was doing. In such a dark time, how could they possibly understand that God needed a change to rescue us? God used the crucifixion to transform a carpenter from Nazareth into the Savior of the world.

When the world is closing in on me, like a caterpillar wrapped in its cocoon, I cannot comprehend that the Lord is working in my life for good. But over time, I’ve realized that change isn’t a bad thing if the Lord is using it to transform us into the beautiful creatures God intended us to be from the start.


JOURNAL: Write about how God is working in your life to make everything new.

—from devozine (September/October 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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