As much as I struggled and fought with winter this year, I have learned that it is just as important as all the other seasons.
To be honest, I felt trapped this winter. It’s been hard and I found the days long and the shortage of sun emotionally draining.
One day my mood was up (the sun was out) and the next day it would be down (cloudy skies).
I missed my flowers and the sunshine.
Through this I was reminded of the butterfly and its various stage of cocooning.
Some refer to the butterfly’s incubation time as a “holding space” where it completes its remarkable transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
The Bible talks about a similar “holding space” for Christians:
“Cease striving and know that I am God. ” (Psalm 46:10)
I can picture the caterpillar becoming frustrated by the lack of light as the layers slowly envelope its tiny form. But, it needs to surrender to the cocooning and its time of incubation.
I am beginning to understand that this cocooning time is vital for each one of us and that the restrictions of winter are a unique picture of the way God cocoons us.
So often we think we are ready for the next season in our lives and yet we are not.
We are frustrated and struggle to understand why it is necessary for it to be dark for so long.
We feel stuck with one foot on the ground and the other in the cocoon as we push through the unending layers to reach the light.
When God desires to birth a new plan and purpose for our lives we need to go through cocooning. Incubation is a time of frustration and struggle — a necessary stage for completing the transformation.
It is a time to deal with any unresolved issues of unforgiveness, bitterness or anger.
It is crucial that we take the time to heal, regenerate and restore our relationship with God.
We will experience freedom as we are released from the darkness and layers that entangled us.
We will be ready and free to emerge into spring and the season of birthing. Free to move and express ourselves! Free to spread our wings and fly!
It’s the dance of the butterfly!
“Therefore, if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. BEHOLD,THE FRESH AND NEW HAS COME! (2 Corinthians 5:1)