Monday, January 31, 2011

Growing butterflies

I was a Fiddler on the Roof this weekend. Well, not really. But I did feel like an honorary member of the Anatevka community as I spent several hours learning about their traditions. My son's high school had their production of the play and I had the privilege of seeing it...twice. I loved it!

In the musical the papa, Tevye, deals with coming of age daughters and the spouse they choose for themselves. While that was unheard of in their culture, papa eventually bends and allows the girls to choose to follow their heart instead of tradition. His love for his daughters won out in the end.

As I watched the story unfold I began thinking about the actors in the play. These were kids we have been watching for years. I remember seeing some of them in their very first production. Now look how much they've changed and improved. For years these students have been 'cocooned' with their director as he gives them instruction, allows them to try new things and helps build their confidence. Just as Tevye allowed his daughters to express themselves, their director has encouraged these actors for years. In the end, both the daughters and the students became beautiful butterflies ready to take on the world.

Our heavenly Father 'cocoons' us as well. He holds His arms around us creating a safe place where we can learn His ways, experience new things and become strong and courageous. When we allow God's hand in our life, we become the radiant butterfly He intended us to be. Delicate and beautiful, strong and resilient. A perfect masterpiece!

Do you recognise your current situation as a 'cocoon' to allow you to grow? Still feeling like a worm with no hope of becoming a butterfly? Remember that it takes a little time, a little patience and a lot of willingness to allow God to give you wings. Soon, you'll be the most beautiful butterfly of all!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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