Free to Fly

Over the last couple of days, the Lord has been speaking to me about my freedom to fly with the purpose and destiny He has for my life. He has been teaching me that my life is much like that of a caterpillar. Before I met Christ, my life was good, but it lacked meaning. I would often move at a slow pace, not really sure what was around the corner. I was never content and I had no understanding of my true identity as a beloved creation of the most High God.

Since I have come to know the Lord, there have been many times where He has placed me in the cleft of the rock, the “cocoon”, away from the cares of this world, just me and Him. It’s in that place of safety where He speaks tenderly to my heart concerning His great love for me. I am so grateful for those times. Not only is this a place of intimacy, but it is a place of protection, shielding me from the forces of this world that are bent on keeping me from flying and finding true freedom in Christ.

Because the cocoon is a place of refuge, it’s hard sometimes to leave and venture out into the world. However, Jesus did not call me to forever live as a caterpillar, tucked away in the safety of the cocoon. He has given me wings and calls me to fly. Because of Christ, I am a new creation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:7-NIV)

I have always loved butterflies. To me, they represent my new life and freedom in Christ. I love the delicate and unique details with which God created each one.

I am much like the butterfly. God knit me together in my mother’s womb, intricately and beautifully! I have been marked with the love of my Heavenly Father and He has a unique plan for my life. But in order to fulfill my destiny, I must leave the cocoon behind. For the caterpillar, the cocoon represents a holding place for both what was and what is to come. For me, the cocoon represents my old nature, past hurt and sin. Through Christ, I am able to leave the cocoon. He has given me wings. I am free to fly!

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

7 Responses to Free to Fly
  1. Genny
    June 16, 2010 | 10:29 pm

    Loved this, Barbie. Free to fly…

  2. kristi
    June 17, 2010 | 8:59 am

    Yes, we are free to fly! I love this. Thank you for sharing this today.

  3. Chrissy
    June 17, 2010 | 9:38 am

    Beautiful, Barbie! Free indeed!

  4. Dorcas
    June 17, 2010 | 10:57 am

    Beautifully put! Thanks for sharing! Very uplifting! So very true!



  5. Tracy
    June 17, 2010 | 10:08 pm

    I really enjoyed the imagery in this one. Great post!

  6. BarbieS
    June 18, 2010 | 1:16 am

    Thank you gals! This one continues to minister to me every time I read it! Blessings!

  7. partialemptynester
    June 18, 2010 | 11:51 am

    Oh, I sooo want to just stay in that cocoon so many times, it’s just so warm and safe! Love the lesson in this devotional, I need the reminder over and over in my life!