Emerging Fully Seen and Fully Equipped
Hooray it’s March!
We can officially say “Welcome to Spring”! Mercifully we’ve made it through the season of dark, wet days and dark, chilly nights. Soon we’ll begin poking our heads out of our respective caves and enjoy seeing our grey landscape burst with color and life again. I seem to become more creative when spring comes. I do welcome the lull of winter, and enjoy some time to get cozy and hibernate. But with longer days, and prayerfully more sunshine, I feel my creative juices beginning to flow.
I love seeing my first butterfly in spring.
I was invited to write a blog article on the theme of “emergence”, and with spring on my mind I instantly thought about a butterfly. Watching her soar and flit about makes me very envious of her unabashed freedom. As I though about this article, I began thinking about a butterfly’s time of metamorphosis, completely hidden away, and how she must feel when she knows it’s time to emerge. It was then that the Holy Spirit invited me to lean in and get a revelation that would change how I felt about my own emergence in this new season.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one experiencing the Lord’s radical adjustment as He aligns our purpose and callings with what He is doing in the earth.
For me, the last two months have been a time of some serious realignment. During the month of January our church goes into a time of consecration. We fast, we pray, and we get very intentional about hearing God’s heart for our lives in the new year. During this years’ consecration I really needed the Lord to clarify the ministry call He had on my life. I’d always saw my call to the ministry playing out a certain way. It hasn’t worked out like that. I felt it changing. I knew God was calling me out, but to what?
Psalm 139:15-16 in the New Living Translation (NLT) says this:
“You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
I did a bit of research on the emergence of a butterfly from its chrysalis – the hard, protective shell where it’s encased.
I discovered that the outer shell of the chrysalis completely obscures what is happening inside until just before it’s time for the butterfly to emerge.
Until then, no one is privy to the process that little creature is going through. Oh man. I can certainly identify. I’ve been in a process that only me and the Lord could really see.
The fire of refining.
Purposely hidden away in obscurity.
Yet, God says that although I may be obscured from the view of the outside world, He fully sees me. Psalms 139:15 says “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion…” His eyes see what no one else can. He’s watchful and careful as I take shape. Selah.
As I read further about the butterfly’s process, I learned that a remarkable thing happens right before she’s ready to emerge.
The outer layer of the chrysalis becomes completely transparent, and for the first time all are able to see the form of the new butterfly. But listen to this. She’s visible, yet she’s still surrounded by her protective, albeit transparent shell. This reassures my heart so much. I’m reminded that when God reveals us to a waiting world, we’re still in His protective care. We’re under the shade of His mighty wings. Fully seen, yet covered by Him.
Finally, in one magical moment, the butterfly breaks through.
She’s finally out into the world. However, what emerges is a butterfly that still needs to take shape. Her belly is swollen, and her majestic wings are small, crumpled, and not ready to take this butterfly on any graceful flight of fancy. It’s then that the newly emerged butterfly transfers the fluid from her swollen belly into her wings. This fluid causes her wings to stretch out and take shape. The more she taps into what’s inside of her, the stronger her wings become. How amazing is that?
She emerged with what she needed to fly already within her!
Ephesians 3:20 in the New King James Version (NKJV) says this:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”
It’s comforting to know that as I emerge in this season, God has already hidden within me the power I need to soar. It’s a resurrecting power that breathes new life into my dead dreams. It’s a rejuvenating power that causes my tired, depleted wings to stretch out on faith. As I access that power within me, I blossom fully into the shape and form that the Father intended.
I emerge fully seen and fully equipped for the journey.
So off I go to welcome spring by searching my closet for colors that are not black, grey, and brown. I’m ready to step boldly into the fresh call on my life. And when I see my first butterfly this spring, soaring so gracefully wherever the wind takes it, I’ll whisper to her, “Me too”.
Lisa is a Prophetic Minister, Teacher, Worshiper, Author, and Entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. Her heart is to create opportunities for all people, especially God’s precious daughters, to encounter the power of God. Lisa is the Founder/President of The Ecclesia Group, a Christian Lifestyle Company that ministers faith in the marketplace through her women’s organization, FaithBridge, LLC, and her Christian travel retreat company, Selah Retreats & Travel. Lisa is also the author of the prophetic devotional “The JoyFull Journey – a devotional for time away with the Shepherd”.