Leona J. Atkinson
Aug 15 · 3 min read
two colorful butterflies in flight
two colorful butterflies in flight
Image from Pixabay.com by PublicDomainPictures

During my recent eye surgery I was “cocooned up” as the assistant Doctor of Anesthesia put it.

On the operating table, I was totally wrapped up tightly in blankets, so I couldn’t move during the surgery that I had done on my eye. I imagine I did look like a cocoon except for my head sticking out.

After the surgery, my eye was patched shut for 24 hours and the next day when I went in to have the patch removed I was amazed at how well I could see! Everything looked clear and bright, and the colors were all so 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

I was seeing the world in a whole 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 and receive Christ also go through a similar transformation.

The Bible speaks of this when it says:

“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)

In Christ, the “cocoon of sin” that those prior to salvation had been living in is washed away, and the new believers in Christ are transformed spiritually to emerge as new creations that will 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.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
(John 8:36, NKJV)

Something to think about the next time you see a butterfly flying around…

Graphic of a butterfly in flight with hearts and cocoon plus John 8:36 scripture
Graphic of a butterfly in flight with hearts and cocoon plus John 8:36 scripture
Graphic from Pixabay.com by GDJ (edited by Leona J. Atkinson)

— Leona J. Atkinson


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