Time in the Cocoon
I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
If you tear open a cocoon to set a butterfly free, the creature's wings will be severely underdeveloped. This is because the very act of struggling to leave the cocoon strengthens the butterfly's wings, preparing it for flight.
We too have times of transition and metamorphosis, yet our remedy is not unlike the butterfly's. If we try escaping God's cocoon before He's done transforming us, we risk undermining and delaying what He's trying to do. So when you're experiencing time in the cocoon, relax! In the stillness, you hear God. In the waiting, your character is formed. If you wait upon God and allow Him to release you from the cocoon, you'll be strong and prepared to fly in ways you never could have if you'd left the cocoon too soon.
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."- Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.