“Yet God has made everything beautiful in its own time.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11a (NLT)
The wondrous transformation of a grubby caterpillar into a graceful butterfly is one of the most fascinating processes in nature. The last important phase of the complete metamorphosis includes the newly formed butterfly’s struggle to emerge from its gauzy cocoon. As the new creature works to free itself from the cocoon encasing, fluid is pumped into its delicate wings. If someone from the outside tries to “help” the butterfly by ripping open the cocoon, the butterfly’s wings will never be fully developed, nor strong enough, for flight. So the struggle to emerge from its protective covering is perhaps the most critical step in the butterfly’s preparation for its new life of flight. Without the struggle, the butterfly will never be capable of flight.
Compare this process to your own life. Are you struggling through some sort of difficulty right now? At the moment it is impossible to envision any sort of “beauty” that could emerge from the ugliness of your circumstances. Perhaps you long for an easy way out of your problems. You wish that someone would come along and make everything “right” again.
But remind yourself that as you work though your challenges, you are becoming stronger. Your “faith muscles” are being groomed and strengthened. God will use this hardship to transform your development as a believer, and you will emerge from your trials with stronger faith than you ever would have experienced without the struggle.
Remember that you are not alone during this rough time. God promises to be with you through every difficult circumstance. Turn to Him and seek His guidance to help you solve your problems. Ask Him to give you the strength to endure the trial. Trust Him completely and know that you will come out on the other side of the challenge as a well-developed child of God, ready to face a new phase in life.
Most of all, remember that God makes everything beautiful in its own time. Wait patiently to see the beauty that will emerge from your struggles.“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. “ James 1:2-4 MSG