Transforming the Butterfly

Healing. Curing. Transforming. 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2

“…transformed by the renewal of your mind” What does God mean by renewing my mind? How do I renew something that has been implanted into my character for 36 years? Although the answer may be simple, it is extremely hard to accomplish. There are plenty of ways to renew our minds; meditating on scripture, practicing positive self-talk, and eliminating toxic people/things from our lives. Another way to renew our minds would be to surround ourselves with people who live by this scripture, that way, we have support when it becomes difficult. It’s not for the weak or the lazy. It’s for the determined. It’s for the desperate. It’s for the faithful. 

God has placed wonderful examples of what transformation looks like when He has had a hand in its creation. A popular example would be when caterpillars transform into a beautiful butterflies. Personally, caterpillars aren’t much to look at. They live basic life eating and eating and more eating. That’s the purpose of those little buggers, eating plants for the duration of their lives. Some begin to undergo metamorphosis to transform into a butterfly.

When I think of it, I can’t help but relate. Just think, caterpillars leave their comfortable lives to become something better. They sit still allowing the chrysalis phase to do its thing. No eating. No moving. Just sitting. The chrysalis phase can last from three weeks to three years. Either way, once they emerge, they are not only beautiful, but they can fly! Their world has gotten so much bigger. Their appetites have gotten sweeter. They transform into something they didn’t know existed. They allow nature to take its course. They trust the process. 

So, I think that is how we can renew something that has been implanted into our characters for years. We can trust the process. We can allow God to do what He needs to do because he wants our transformation to be more beautiful than we thought could ever exist. He wants us to FLY!

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. -Ephesians 3:20 

I don’t know about you, but I want to fly. I’m ready to fly. Good thing that I’m determined, desperate, and faithful. Thank you for reading my thoughts. Please remember to pray for one another. 

Best Love,

Ashley, Healing with Harotian


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