July 3, 2019
A few days ago I needed to rework the logo for my consulting business that I’m rebranding. For some reason, I was inspired to create one with a butterfly image. I thought it was odd since my business wasn’t about gardening or landscaping. However, I continued with it because I am learning to trust my inner voice when it speaks. And I heard ‘butterfly” and not just any butterfly but a colorful and vibrant butterfly.
The funny thing about when your inner voice or the Holy Spirit starts talking to you, your awareness is heightened. Later the same day, I saw butterfly gently flying around as I watered my husband’s garden. Then I went on social media and a friend had posted about a butterfly landing on her shoulder and reminding her of her dear mother who had gone to be with the Lord. And then, my web designer emailed me about the two logo versions I had sent her (one with the butterfly and one with interconnected loops) and asked if I had made a decision between the two. Clearly, God had made his decision because He didn’t talk to me about being in a loop that day, He spoke about butterflies.
Lest I veer off and you think I am in a never-ending loop sharing this story, here’s the lesson application: It is not God’s desire for us to be in an endless loop where we are constantly circling back and through the same situations. It is true that we have to go through situations just so that we can experience God’s goodness and learn to lean on him. It has not ever been his intention for us to feel wound up and tangled to the point where we don’t see our way out. Enter the butterfly. I’m sure you know the lifecycle of a butterfly. They start as a caterpillar. They eat until ready to go into a cocoon. When the time is right, they wiggle their way out of the cocoon, they take those first attempts at fluttering their new wings, and then they take off.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
To experience joy, we have to be willing to let the old things pass away. Anything or anyone that is burdening us down or has us confined, wrapped up, or in loops has to go.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
The rest that Jesus offers is not a reprieve to go sit down, have a pity party, and do nothing. Rest is a very active word. He gives us rest FROM the things that have us weary and burdened to give us renewal. We are new creations! We can’t experience the freshness and vibrancy of pure joy from the confines of our old cocoons. Just like the butterfly, we have to get uncomfortable in that cocoon and stretch our wings. Joy awaits us on the outside.