Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Let’s take a look at the biology of how the beautiful butterfly is created. This is a teachable moment which many of you are familiar with.
Here is when we must pull all forms of destructive pride out of our lives and begin our own spiritual and personal transformation today.
Just like humans, the journey of the butterfly begins with the egg, then it becomes a caterpillar. The job of the caterpillar is to eat and eat and eat. The caterpillars can grow 100 times their size during this stage.
The next phase is the pupa: This is the transition stage, when the caterpillar is full grown and stops eating, it becomes a pupa, inside a cocoon of silk. This stage can last from a few weeks, a month, up to two years.
It may look like nothing is going on but big changes are happening inside. Special cells become the legs, wings, eyes and other parts of the adult butterfly. Many of the original larva cells will provide energy for these growing adult cells.
Then finally, the beautiful butterfly, which is called the adult: the reproductive stage. The adult stage is what most people think of when they think of butterflies. They look very different from the larvae. They can fly by using their large and colorful wings. Look at how God’s creations are made.
This butterfly metaphor is your opportunity for you to examine your lives, get rid of all of your destructive pride and start your very own spiritual and personal transformation. If you must, revisit the phases of the butterfly and take your own journey, growing one step at a time.
The crawling period can become the time in which we learn and grow. Where the caterpillar is eating and eating, here is where we must grow by learning everything we possibly can, setting a goal to learn several new things each and every day, new things that will move you toward your journey. Anyone who is strong and confident will not have a problem with their ego. You won’t care what someone else can do, because you realize that God gave you your very own special gift, and He gave someone else their special gift too.
For me, my pupa phase was when big changes were happening inside. My growth time meant going to college later in life after my children were grown. My college years began at age 43, and I earned my BA and MA degrees in communication by the time I was 55 years old. Scripture reminds us, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Proverbs 22:4 says, “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. Pride goes before destruction,” while James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” Pride does not end in riches and honor and life.
Does what you’re praying for have a “why,” or is it just a “what”? Why do you want it? You want more people to come, for what? You want more money to do what? You want more fame for what reason? Just to be known, or would you love to use this opportunity to reach a group of people in order to help them?
Do you know why, or do you just want a bunch of people bowing to make you feel good about yourself? An example: Explain why you want to make the money you wish, say what you will do with it.
Finally, you must answer this question: Is ego causing me to make my decisions? Is my ego, my need to be validated? You must understand, until you are mission-driven, resources will be locked up. Do your work on yourself, then you will not have an ego issue at all.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.