March 26, 2013

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor.3:18

Recently I was observing the life cycle of the butterfly. It is considered one of the “advanced insects” in that it has a complete life cycle. This basically means that the butterfly has four separate stages, each of which looks completely different and serves a different purpose in the life of the insect. There is one stage that the butterfly goes through in which it goes through major transformation just before emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Seems right before it reaches its ‘glory stage’ it goes into hiding where little seems to be going on from the outside. Even though nothing seems to be going on during what is called the Chrysalis stage, there are in fact major transformations going on within the enclosure that caterpillar rests in while the transformations are taking place.

That got me to thinking how this so much parallels the life of those who love and obey Christ. Believers who love Jesus will experience seasons when nothing seems to be going on when seen from the natural view. Many promises the Lord gave are still waiting to be fulfilled. Things in the natural realm don’t seem to be happening as fast as you would like. Seems you are ‘on hold’ about some major things that need to take place in your life. A needed career change, your life mate, a family move to another city, a promotion at work. These are just some of the things you may find yourself to be in transition about. Each one presents its own set of challenges. The most challenging of all is the desire to move forward but having been hemmed in, you must now to wait on the Lord for His timing in order to move forward.

As Believers, we may find ourselves in this ‘Chrysalis’ stage many times. It seems to be part of the normal ‘life cycle of the follower of Jesus while living on this earth. Personally, I have never found this transition stage in the ‘life cycle’ of the each Believer to be a comfortable place. You are no longer content where you were but not yet completely set in place where you are going. The Lord showed me that just like with the caterpillar that has come to rest itself in this small enclosed place called the Chrysalis or pupa stage so we must also rest ourselves in Him during times of waiting. We are being transformed for the next season to come.

Our Great Shepherd knows that we cannot move to new areas of Him with the ‘old clothes’ our souls and spirits may be clothed in so He arranges for times of transition, hemming in, so we can have the necessary changes made in order to get us ready for what is to come in the next season or cycle of the journey with Him. Truly, there is no such thing as ‘idle time” in Him. Jesus uses every single thing we go through for His glory and our good. Knowing this does help but here are some ‘tools of waiting’ I have found to be helpful during this time:

 Stay Close to Jesus. Extend your prayer time so as to keep your spirit sharp for each shift in the Spirit realm.

 Use the waiting time to start or complete those things He has been speaking to you to do but you have not had time.

 Journal your time. You will find it helpful as you move forward. Keeping a ‘book of remberance’ can be a tool to encourage your faith when other challenges come in the journey ahead. It testifies that Jesus is faithful in every season!

 Get some rest! This is your season to rest and get yourself ready for the next season which will be a ‘new journey’. This new leg of the journey will require new energy, stamina and endurance to complete.

 Remember Jesus is using this time to make major changes in you and in around you. Don’t allow what you see in the natural realm distract you. Things are happening whether you can sense them or not.

 Ask Jesus for ‘Spirit Pictures’. I have learned to ask Jesus to show me glimpses of what is taking place in the spirit realm so I can continue to stay at peace and wait in belief.

These are just a few things I have found to be of help during the seasons of transition. No doubt as you walk through these seasons you will find tools of waiting of your own. The major key is to wait with a heart of faith and focus on Jesus. His desires and purposes for you are great.


Venetia Carpenter, Founder
Ecclesia International Ministries


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