Updated: Jul 22, 2019
The Butterfly is one of natures most beautiful creatures (ironically, I actually have never liked them) but, the Butterfly is also a great symbol of Christ. It begins it's life walking among us, it "dies" and is wrapped up in a cocoon until it rises again. But, that's not where we're going with this. We are using the Butterfly as a loose comparison to the changes a believer undergoes in the cocoon of divine grace. This entire blog will focus on spiritual development, even after the Life Cycle of a Butterfly series is over. So, get familiar with 2 Corinthians 5:17, because once you become a butterfly, you'll never be a caterpillar again.
So, what's the back story?
A few months ago, I was in a dark place. I was in a place that most humans hit at least once. I was drinking like crazy, partying, dealing with toxic relationships and people who I knew served me no real purpose. I got out of my word and I stopped going to church, it was almost like I had completely turned my back on God. Then one day I was just like "Ronda, what are you doing?" The gag is that I grew up in the Baptist church (then later Interdenominational), so I knew better and when you know better, you do better. I knew that God was calling me to be better than who I was being at that point in my life and to be short I knew that I needed to make some lifestyle changes.
Fast Forward |>>
I found a new church home, joined ministry where I could use my gift, got back in my word, committed to fasting and having an intentional prayer life and I started working (because it's a process) on giving up all of the things that would not draw me closer to God. So one day my job had an employee outing and with my current position it would have looked bad if I would have not shown up. So I'm like "okay, I can do this." *Note (This is in the middle of my fast) So we get to the outing/pool party. The whole time I'm so nervous because my wings are still wet (we'll talk about that later). I'd allowed myself to drink wine and champagne instead of hard liquor convincing myself that it was okay, I'd let the secular music take over my physical so now I'm twerking a little bit but inside I was fighting. I wanted to cry. I didn't want to be there, matter of fact I didn't belong there. So, I run out of the party and I called a close friend to vent and in that conversation I knew things had to REALLY change. I sat in the Sprinter for at least an hour crying because I was convicted and I wanted to leave. I felt vulnerable, naked and really just out of place. It had been a while since I'd been in an environment that was not conducive to my spiritual lifestyle (outside of work).
The next day my boss and I were having our typical noon day conversation and I told him about my feelings the night before. After short dialogue he said to me:
"Ah, Ronda... once you become a butterfly, you'll never be a caterpillar again." - Chico
Immediately I'm excited because he always has a "Proverb" ready for any situation. I call them Chico-isms because they typically just come from him naturally. He's such a wise man and if it had not been for that conversation on that particular day, the plans for this blog would have never come to fruition. I knew that I wanted to get back into blogging but I didn't know where the foundation would come from. Over the last few weeks, I'd been using that "Chico-ism" over and over and change and transformation had been the topic of way to many of my conversations. I thought it to be a sign... its time for us all to become beautiful butterflies.