Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
“It’s an alligator!” she shouted. As she grabbed my legs, I assured her there weren’t any alligators in our living room.
She persisted, “Then it’s a snake!”
No question, my daughter had spotted something out of the ordinary. I reassured her there weren’t snakes in the house either, but I began to doubt myself. I cautiously walked toward a pile of toys, looking ever so closely for any creepy, crawly things. I picked up the stuffed bear. Nothing. Then I spied the culprit squirming on a pair of pants meant for Buttercup the Build-A-Bear Leopard.
“Oh, Lil. That’s just a caterpillar.” The ugly, brown caterpillar stretched no more than an inch. I bravely picked it up…well, I flung the pants and the caterpillar outside.
Guilt settled in. It had turned chilly outside and I wondered about the caterpillar. My heart softened. How sad it may never wrap itself in a cocoon to transform from its current and limited state of crawling, into a butterfly, free to fly where it wills.
I spent much of my twenties as an ugly, brown caterpillar. Emotions reigned, keeping me from a transformation for Christ. My walk with Christ was based on how I “felt.” When things were going well and emotions ran high, I felt good, but when life threw blows…it hit hard. I felt like I was crawling around getting nowhere, only to be flung outside with no direction.
I needed to stop the cycle, encounter an authentic transformation from within – a metamorphosis. I needed the Holy Spirit’s power to work from the inside. My mind needed renewal.
Renewing my mind on Sundays and Wednesdays wasn’t enough. Meditating on God’s Word needed to be a daily occurrence. Surrendering my will to Him allowed me to experience unexplainable growth — much like a plain caterpillar turning into a magnificent butterfly. When I stopped conforming to what the world expected and began my transformation, direction came.
Wrap yourself in the cocoon of God’s Word and be transformed. He will change you through and through.
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Emily Easley finds herself falling in love with the Creator of the Universe. The other loves of her life include her husband, Josh, and daughter, Lillie Kate. Her heart’s longing is to be the woman God desires her to be and to share God’s transforming power with others. On most days, you can find her fulfilling her dreams as a wife, mother, and writer at her home located in a small town of western Kentucky. Emily wants to encourage others to say yes to whatever God asks of them, for in that is life’s greatest blessing.