"You are not alone in the metamorphosis." I want to share a word with those of you who are going through the process of transformation unto the Lord. I heard the word "metamorphosis" in my spirit a few weeks ago, and I have been meditating on what God wanted to share, as He whispered this word into my spirit.
Metamorphosis is defined as "a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one." We often think of the amazing transformation of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly. The caterpillar is appreciated for its growth in its season, while the butterfly is envied and admired for its beauty. But there is more than meets the eye with the caterpillar and the butterfly.
The caterpillar reaches a point where it postures itself to form a chrysalis so that change can occur. The process of this transformation expends a great deal of energy, and it requires loss, loss of the old identity and the old physical state so that the butterfly can come forth. The caterpillar is virtually broken down into a fluid state containing all of the components necessary to mold a soaring and majestic creature. The end result is captivating. However, the process to get there leaves much to be desired.
A Transformation to Die For
You may be reading this and wondering, "What does this have to do with me?" I want to share some things with you that God shared with me. I heard the Lord say,
"Many are remaining in a state where they will not take flight. They are content in the caterpillar state because they understand that if they yield to the change, death ensues."
There are those who have found comfort at ground level, but there is a longing to soar. They envy those who postured themselves on the vine so that death to self could take place. They admire the butterfly, the believers who soar with the Lord into their ordained purpose, never comprehending that there is a butterfly inside them waiting to emerge.
The radiance upon those who ascend into His glory is captivating and deadly because He does not seek pieces of us, but every part of us, and in return, He gives all of His splendor to us. Death is required so that we might live in Him. If we yield to the right process, it is His splendor that catches the wind and reflects His majestic beauty.
God desires for the new creation to come forth in His beloved. When we are in Christ, the old passes away, and the new creation comes forth (2 Cor. 5:17). We are equipped for full transformation in the process of sweet surrender, as we are broken down to come into the fullness that is Christ. Yielding to the process of metamorphosis culminates into a state of accelerated transformation.
Worship While You Die
The process that a caterpillar endures in the chrysalis may not look appealing, but it is vital to transformation. Despite the appearance, there are elements present for this spectacular change to take place. The same is true for us. I heard the Lord say to those yielding to the process,
"I desire those who will worship Me while they are dying to themselves."
Becoming more like Christ sounds glamorous, but the kingdom of God is not the same as any other kingdom. Death is our gain when it comes to Christ, and ascension is found in bowing low. It is easy to praise and to worship God when you have wings. It is easy to praise when you are intact and grounded in comfort, but it is the praise in the gloriously ruined state that rings the truest.
The Lord wants to know, will you praise Him in the process before the promise manifests? Will you still have a song in your spirit when you, as His masterpiece, are in a state as a fluid canvas, lacking visible and vibrant colors for others to see? If you are in the process, count it all loss that you may know Him (Phil. 3:8). It may seem that you are ruined and things will not come together, but in His presence, all that is needed for transformation is there.
You Are Not Alone in the Metamorphosis
Not only do you have everything necessary for transformation, but you abide in the One who brings transformation. The process can seem lonely, but you are not alone. I heard the Lord speak these words to me,
You are not alone in the metamorphosis. I have given you all that you need to transform in My glory. Your wings are formed in the dying to self, as you are reformed in the shadow of My Presence.
The point of becoming the butterfly is not to soar unto ourselves, but to soar for His glory. There is a temptation to lose our dependency and our intimacy as we emerge from that hidden place of reformation into a broad place where our wings seem to take us higher than we could imagine. The Lord would say to us, "Do not forget where your wings were formed." That state of forming may be undesirable to you, but it is beautiful to the Lord because it is a pure and vulnerable state.
None of us ever arrives. We are in a continual state of transformation before the Lord, as long as we abide in Him. Even when we come to the point of taking flight, the Lord will prompt us in seasons to land in the secret place, hiding away for a time so He can broaden our wings while we take refuge in His.
As the Lord reveals facets of Himself to His bride, His countenance is evident upon her frame, and as she flutters to greater glory, His breath sustains her flight. Regardless of what stage you may be in your relationship with the Lord, remain close to Him and surrender to the process. Digest the Word. Grow and posture for death to self. Be so fantastically ruined that your new identity hidden in Christ bursts forth with unapologetic passion. Spread those wings and soar to new heights, always mindful of the Beloved and His glory, which you are to reflect.
Dawn Hill is a Christ-follower and a freelance writer. She writes a blog called "Lovesick Scribe."
This article originally appeared at lovesickscribe.com.
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