Fence Post of Faith May & June 2013

In a person’s life time we see a lot of great Horses that we wish we owned, and great riders as well. But they all seem to have their time in the arena, many are started as colts and turn into a super horse and then there are those that we stumble across that are natural’s. Anyway my point is I read a story awhile back that I think runs true in horse and riders it a Journey of a Caterpillars.                                                                             
  The Caterpillar is the most confused Creature which roams the planet, because undoubtedly stamped in his soul is the Call to fly.”

 Caterpillars must go through four stages before their metamorphosis is complete. They begin as eggs, next they hatch as caterpillars, and then they go through a stage Where they eat, and eat, and eat some more. Eventually, they become a chrysalis before the transformation is complete and they can finally emerge as a beautiful butterfly.

The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3: 1 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” often, we want to walk straight into the calling God has for us. We want to do and be everything God wants us to be and not only that, but we want to skip the journey that takes us there and do it NOW! 

         We want to go from being caterpillar eggs to butterflies! However, we all know that there are risks to anything being born prematurely. In order for anything to be birthed, whether it is a vision or a calling, we who are to fulfill it must go on a journey. We must go though stages and seasons of preparation. When I was a kid in grade school in 5th grade our teacher purchased a couple of caterpillars for our class to watch develop into butterflies. We began to notice that each day they would crawl to the top of the aquarium and stand upside down. It was as though they were saying “Is today the day” Is today the day my Transformation will begin?” when they realized it wasn’t, they would crawl back down and eat the day away. Every morning upon returning to the classroom, we would always be amazed at how much the caterpillars had grown.

Sometimes our lives can reach a point where they seen routine and mundane. Like the caterpillars, we are walking up and down, up and down. We may feel bored with where we are, like god has forgotten us, or as though we are not accomplishing much with our lives. We go through the day wondering. Is this the day? If we find it’s not, our response should be like the caterpillars. It’s not the day, but God has promised it, so I’m going to prepare for it nonetheless! We should eat, and eat, and eat from the Word of God. We should spend daily time in prayer and worship. We should be building, preparing, and strengthening our Spirit mind to accomplish the things which God has stamped on our souls to do.

After about two weeks, we came to class one morning to find that many of the caterpillars had formed a chrysalis. From the outside of the chrysalis, it always seemed to us as students that nothing was happening. But after awhile, we lost interest in the chrysalis. It wasn’t fun to watch, and it wasn’t spectacular to look at.

I’m convinced that like the caterpillars, God wants to take us on a journey. I’m convinced there is a process. God said “For He Knows the way that I take, and when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Sometimes there is pain in the process. Sometimes the journey is difficult, but God knows and sees exactly where you are. When others look and see an ugly cocoon, He looks inside and sees the beautiful creature that is being transformed. Before David became King of Israel, he was first a shepherd boy. Some of his brothers were more handsome than him and greater in stature, but God did not choose them. In the Bible God spoke in 1 Samuel 16:7 concerning David “for the Lord does not see as man see; or man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.” God chose the young, ruddy shepherd boy who had a heart after Him. All those years David spent alone in the field, God was preparing him. Don’t despise the cocoon; God may simply be waiting for your character to catch up with your calling.

It is in the difficult process of breaking out of the chrysalis that the butterfly becomes strong. However, if the caterpillar breaks its way out of the cocoon prematurely, he will never survive. His wings will not be developed enough to allow him to properly fly. God does not want us to simply arrive at our calling, He desires for us to be successful in it. You may be a caterpillar with the word ‘butterfly’ stamped on your forehead wondering “When is it going to happen?”Consider this thought. Is it possible that you have yet to visit the cocoon? If you’re having trouble waiting for the moment that you break out into your calling, just remember. “He has made everything beautiful in HIS time.”(Eccles.3:11)

The same comes true in the arena as well “In HIS time”.

P.S. Remember May 2 is National Day of Prayer
Jeff Metcalf