by Donna Gibbs
“The only constant in life is change”. We’ve all heard that phrase. Oh, how painfully true it is! Our lives are an ongoing process of change. Our bodies age daily. Circumstances change. People come and go. Some changes we welcome. Most we dread.
When I consider change, I often think of the caterpillar. This creature experiences the greatest transformation of any other creature I can consider. I’m not sure why God designed it this way, but the poor caterpillar experiences a seemingly painful process that involves it’s digesting itself. Yuck! Actually, as we follow the caterpillar’s process, we learn that it is a beautiful metamorphosis resulting in a picture- perfect butterfly. Who would have thought that the disgusting transformation inside a mysterious cocoon would result in something so miraculously and beautifully unsuspected?
Perhaps you’re feeling like you are in your own version of a cocoon recently. You know that change is on the horizon, but you fear what is to come, and you don’t like the growing pains you experience along the way. You feel like you are being “digested,” but for no good purpose! Let me assure you, if you are cooperating with God, your painful transformation has great purpose, and the result will ultimately be as breathtaking as a magnificent, newly released butterfly.
Friends, let’s trust God’s process for change. We fear change because we doubt. Trust is the answer. If God can transform a simple caterpillar into a unique butterfly, He can be trusted to guide our process of metamorphosis as well!
Donna Gibbs, co-owner of Summit Wellness Centers, PLLC, is author of the recent releases, Silencing Insecurity and Becoming Resilient. Donna has authored numerous other books, and is commonly featured on radio broadcasts across America, and occasionally internationally as well. Donna has been providing individuals and families the hope and help they need for twenty years as a national certified counselor, board-certified professional Christian counselor, and licensed professional counselor supervisor. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), she is a leading professional provider for Focus on the Family, Christian Care Network, r3Continuum, FINDINGbalance, and Samaritan’s Purse.
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