"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ..."
~ 2 Corinthians 2: 14, 15a
The monarch butterfly goes through many visible changes during its life. As a kid, we would gather caterpillars to watch them surround themselves in a cocoon, only to burst forth as a new image of its former self as butterflies.
Essentially we know it's the same creature, but yet it looks completely different.
I often consider spirituality much like this, or perhaps, when we allow God to dwell within as a similar process.
For years many of us just seem to go through life, and then, something happens, and we are changed. We are still essentially that same person, but something comes forth. We are different.
I love to see it when the butterfly emerges. I love it even more when I see someone emerge from a difficult time, or when the person realizes what lies within, and there is the realization that the person can be something more.
We are called to be a reminder that God is within the world! That we are that presence! Celebrate the fact that God is within. Breathe a beautiful sigh to know that when you feel like everything is closing in around you, think about the period of time that is necessary before the monarch bursts forth. God is working and waiting on the perfect time.
Remember, you are already special. As the writer of today's scripture reminds us, we are the "fragrance" of Christ that God identifies as being so very special. Always!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.