During my recent eye surgeries I was “cocooned up” as the assistant doctor of Anesthesia put it.
On the operating table I was totally wrapped up in blankets so I couldn’t move during the surgery on my eye. I imagine I did look like a cocoon except for my head sticking out.
Afterwards my eye was patched shut and the next day when the patch was removed I was amazed at how well I could see! Everything looked clear and bright, colors were vibrant! It was as if I had a totally new eye!
That got me thinking that I was like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, seeing the world now in a new way, blessed with a new beginning of sight. I was able to go out and see the world in vibrant, living color! It was an exciting transformation!
Butterflies go through a similar transformation. They emerge from what is scientifically called a “crystalis” (cocoon) which they spin around themselves while they are in a caterpillar form.
Butterflies have four stages of life. They start as an egg, which grows into a caterpillar, then they form a crystalis (cocoon) and then eventually they become a butterfly! Quite a life! Quite a transformation!
In thinking about all of this, I came to realize that those who have chosen to believe in and receive Christ also go through a similar transformation. The Bible speaks of this in 2 Corinthians 5:17 when it says: “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
In Christ, the “cocoon of sin” that they have been living in is washed away, and they emerge as a new creation to see and live life differently. They are no more caterpillars crawling around, they are new beautiful butterflies created to soar and live life differently!
It’s a spiritual transformation where the old self falls away and a new self is created. No longer are they living in the darkness and bondage of a “cocoon of sin” but they are set free
to awaken to a new life filled with new opportunities.
For, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Romans 8:36
Something to think about the next time you see a butterfly flying around…