The aches and pains of spiritual growth can be painful. I stumbled on a Greek word today that got me thinking. Metamorphoo – It means to “change into another form.” It was used when Jesus transfigured on the mountain, His face shone and His garments became radiant and whiter than white. (Matt 17:2, Mark 9:3)
The English language uses this word – when a caterpillar hibernates in a cocoon so he can change into a butterfly. The process is called “metamorphosis.”
Yep, that’s where spiritual growth happens, in a cocoon. We long to be stronger, moving mountains, and doing something great with our faith. Instead, we wait inside cocoons of trials, temptations, and often a mundane life waiting for something bigger and better to happen.
Cocoons feel like we’re stuck, in a rut, and closed in. No room to move. The aches and pains of morphing, can be a lot to bear. Mistakes are often made. Feelings are lacking words. Understanding seems fogged over.
It’s the same ole, same ole – day after day. No new message from God, rather “just stay put.” No beautiful sunrise or fresh growth emerging from inside the shell.
Then we take a turn for the worst. Tired of the cocoon, we fight and wrestle with God. Even get mad at Him for the wait.
But we seem to fall down before we are about to fly. It’s the fighting and wrestling that shows we are outgrowing the cocoon. We’re fed up and so un-satisfied that we go out on a limb, make a change and rip that cocoon open for all it’s worth.
But the time to do this has to be right, because our caterpillar legs need time to morph into wings.
” And do not be conformed to this world, but be “metamorphoo’ed” by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
This is what we must do while we are waiting inside our cocoons. So when our cocoons are shed, our wings are formed and we know how to fly.
“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isa 40:29-31