When you think of butterflies what do you think about? You may think about the dance. (If you were born in a certain age range) The insect of course! Then there is the phrase I have butterflies in my stomach. Then for me, butterflies are God’s Masterpieces like me. Like butterflies, I’m not mentioned in the Bible by name but my life cycle is an indication that I come from the GOD Almighty!
As young as elementary school i can remember loving butterflies. I even remember chasing them on the playground. Most of all I remember our science project in school of raising a butterfly. At the young age of 6 or 7, I got to witness metamorphosis or a transfiguration. An experiment meant for science is sketched in my soul. According to the Oxford dictionary, metamorphosis is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages. In addition, a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. There are four steps to the development of a metamorphosis of butterflies a)egg, b) larva (caterpillar), c) chrysalis (not a cocoon that is for moths) and d) BUTTERFLY (Masterpiece). I got a question for you what stage are you in?
I know if you are like me I find myself in the caterpillar mindset. For some reason (but we know the reason) my mind likes to say that I can never change that I’m just a defenseless caterpillar. I think we all trying to be God’s masterpiece trying to reach a level that we project on ourselves that God didn’t even set for us. I believe truly being God’s masterpiece or in this case, a butterfly is knowing that you can choose not to go back. I mean a butterfly can’t just say hey I am not good enough to be a butterfly I want to be a caterpillar again and then boom there a caterpillar again it’s impossible. Is it possible we can get a mindset that it is impossible that I go back? How dare I not believe who God says I am? So let’s dive into it that is unbelief.
Unbelief is believing that I am not God’s masterpiece. Another word for metamorphosis is transfiguration. When researching transfiguration I was lead to the Gospels of Matthew 17:2, Luke 9:28-36, Mark 9:2-3. When reading the text right after Jesus comes down from having this supernatural experience of the Transfiguration. A father comes to Jesus like Heal my son. Here is the actual account in the Bible :
“And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitudes answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
Mark 9:14-24 KJV
I have so many thoughts about this scripture but I want to point out the Father saying Lord I believe help me with my unbelief. It’s time for another measure of faith. It’s time we believe in ourselves and God.
Some of us won’t leave the chrysalis (Cocoon) stage afraid of becoming God butterfly. Fear! Afraid to grow. But nope fear is not of God. God’s word says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
Or have you gone your whole life believing your not God’s masterpiece? So you think the all Knowing God we serve would create you for no reason. Nope !! You are his masterpiece. Do you think it can’t happen for you? It can because “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9
The world needs you and your gifts. In my life, I have sat on my creativity. So for some time last year, I didn’t paint or use my creativity really at all. Art is my safe place. My art is my worship. No matter how I am feeling when I paint I feel his presence. To be honest I literally prayed to paint and never stopped since then. So who am I to turn away from the very thing I prayed for that’s crazy right. I want to encourage you it’s time for us to fly. It’s time to pick up the gift God gave you. Don’t sit on his jewels someone needs it and you. Show the world God’s canvas with its beautiful colors and technique that was straight from the painter. God’s masterpiece meant so much to him he sent his son Jesus to die for us! Time to display his masterpiece!