Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rushing Through Life

It seems our society is always in a rush.  When we are out shopping we want to check out quickly and we want to be served promptly. We don’t want to wait on the phone for customer service. People are also in a rush to get rich, to win big, and to have the biggest house, the nicest car, and the best job. Think about this....Is what you are in pursuit of the same as what God wants in your life? 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." Often, we want everything to happen…RIGHT NOW and even though what we want may not be what God wants for us, we still want it right away without considering the journey God wants to take us on. We often want to skip the steps in life that God has in mind for us and do it NOW! We want to go from being caterpillar eggs to butterflies in an instant!
Caterpillars must go through four stages before their metamorphosis is complete. Starting as eggs, they then hatch as caterpillars. Then they eat...a lot. After some time passes, they become a cocoon before transformation is complete and emerge as a beautiful butterfly.
You can’t rush through life, just like a caterpillar can’t skip stages. You may feel that God is calling you in a certain area, but even caterpillars don’t go from an egg to a butterfly overnight. For some people, waiting for immediate change causes them to grow anxious and weary and then that waiting causes life to seem routine and mundane. Boredom sets in and for some it may seem like God has forgotten them. Some may even become dissatisfied because they feel they haven't accomplished much or it may be a result of trying to pursue something that is a personal goal and not God's.
In order for anything to be birthed, it must go on a journey. If you aren't certain what your purpose (or journey) is, then the best way to prepare is to eat and eat from the Word of God. We need to spend daily time in prayer and worship. We should be preparing and strengthening our spirit so that we can accomplish the things which God has planned for us.
Like the caterpillar, God wants to mold and shape us to prepare us for the plans he has in our lives. Job said in Job 23:10 "For He knows the way that I take, and when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." Unfortunately, sometimes there is pain in the process. The journey may be difficult, but God knows and sees exactly where you are. The cocoon may appear to be ugly from the outside, but God can see the inside  and that you are transforming into something beautiful. God may just be waiting for your character to catch up with His plans for you.
It is in the long and difficult process of breaking out of the cocoon that the butterfly becomes strong. If the caterpillar breaks its way out of the cocoon too soon, it won't survive.  The butterfly's wings will not be developed enough to allow him to fly. Just like if we step away from our purpose of loving God and others, our life becomes chaotic. God does not want us to simply arrive to life's destination, He desires our character to be shaped before we are to be successful in it.
You may also be wondering... "When is it going to happen?" Think about this.....Is it possible that you haven't yet completed your stages of metamorphosis? If you're having trouble waiting for the moment that you reach God's calling, your vision, or your dreams, just remember.... "He has made everything beautiful in HIS time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

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