Spring offers such an array of colors. Flowers start blooming, the grass is greener and the sun’s a little brighter. People seem to get outside more and enjoy the season. The sunshine is more plentiful but not usually blazing hot like in the summer. It’s nice to break out of the winter cold that’s kept us trapped inside for so long. Life truly starts to emerge right before your very eyes. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God (Romans 1:20 NLT). One thing I personally like in God’s creation is butterflies. You start seeing them circulate a lot in the spring. They truly are amazing creatures.
Butterflies actually scream out “God created me!” They start out as a caterpillar moving along the ground. God designed them to literally hang themselves upside down, spin a silky type cocoon around themselves and emerge as a flying butterfly! As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that our Lord and Savior went through a very similar process while on this earth. He was assigned to a body like we humans have, all the while possessing the Kingship to soar on the inside. My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him (Isaiah 53:2 NLT). He walked around at street level living a normal life like the rest of us (of course, without sin). Then, He was hung on a cross, put in a tomb and emerged as the King of Kings! Now He was soaring! What was always on the inside emerged as the beauty God intended! No longer just Jesus the carpenter. Now…For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NLT). Because of the life He lived, the death He died and the Father giving His stamp of approval by resurrecting Him, we have hope!
Hope arrived as a baby that literally emerged as a triumphant King! And, it doesn’t stop there! He’s offering every single one of us the opportunity to go from a caterpillar trying to make our way along the ground to flying above our troubles as a beautiful butterfly! The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you (Romans 8:11 NLT). The same Spirit! The Spirit of God lives in each of us who have stepped over that line of faith and made Jesus our Lord. Yes, we’re still trapped in these earthly bodies until He takes us to our heavenly home but we can soar because of His Spirit! The real you is on the inside just waiting to burst forth. We were designed to live like this all along. The enemy wants you to think that you’re just a caterpillar that can be stepped on but God says you’re able to fly because of Him!
So, this spring season when you see a butterfly cross your path, imagine yourself as someone who has been given wings to fly! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) Soar above earthly circumstances and show this sad world that joy is only found in Jesus! He’s worthy of such a celebration! Had He not secured an eternal victory for us, we would be without hope. But because He cared enough to do what was humanly impossible and give us the trophy, we are beautiful and flying in His sight! We’ve burst out of our cocoons and proclaim His victory. So this Resurrection Sunday, be mindful of The One who enables you to have the current life and guaranteed eternity that you never could have had without His sacrifice. It was costly but worth it to Him. He loves you. Happy Easter my fellow butterflies!
Today’s guest writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.