Stages of Life: September 18, 2016

I have this beautiful plant on my balcony that attracts butterflies. I didn’t realize when I purchased it that it had such an affinity for the beautiful creatures. They are always vibrant in color, flying all around my deck, and landing on the large white blooms that cover my plant. As I often do, I paused to just look at the butterfly and think about its origin.

Butterflies go through 4 stages to become a butterfly. First is the egg stage. About 5 days later, the eggs hatch into a caterpillar. This is the eating and growing stage. The next stage is the Pupa stage. This is the resting and changing stage when the caterpillar is wrapped in a cocoon to protect it as it morphs into the butterfly. Then comes the beautiful butterfly.

It got me to really thinking about my life and the many stages I’ve gone through to get where I am. There is a purpose to each stage we go through just as there is a purpose to the stages of the butterfly’s life. They are necessary stages in order to finally reach a point where we can spread our wings and fly like the butterfly. Each stage is beautiful in its purpose.

So grateful for that plant I purchased a couple months ago.   Grateful for the message it brought to my awareness. The average life span of a butterfly is one week to one month. It kinda put things into perspective for me as it relates to my own life. It is short. We have a limited time here on this earth.

Reflecting back on my life, I have spent a tremendous amount of time in the cocoon stage. It is easy to get stuck in one stage if we are not conscious. I make a conscious decision moving forward to spread my wings. To be the beautiful butterfly God intended for me to be. To spread my beauty all around like that vibrant yellow butterfly on my deck today. He must have stayed around at least an hour. Making sure I got the message, I guess. I heard it loud and clear.


Have a great week!

Peace and blessings


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