Spring is the most hopeful time of year. What was cold warms up. What was brown turns green. What was dead comes to life.
It is in the spring that we celebrate the most amazing miracle of all – the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He willingly submitted to death, the most horrible death, in order to pay the penalty for our sins. In this incomprehensible act of love and sacrifice, He defeated sin and death and secured salvation for every single person who would ever submit their lives to Him.
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” Romans 8:11.
God shows us over and over again in His creation what new life is and what He wants to do in our lives. He shows us through the new life in a bird’s nest. He shows us in the colorful flower raising its head out of the seed that died to produce it. He shows us in the butterfly bursting forth from its tomb-like cocoon.
In order for this beautiful butterfly to emerge, it has to be willing to leave its comforts as a caterpillar. Yes, its existence as a caterpillar seems humble to us, but it is all this little creature knows. It willingly submits itself to the refining process by its own seeming “demise.” It has to be willing to say goodbye to everything it has ever known and yield to the darkness.
Sometimes God leads me to a dark place. It seems like what He is bringing me through might actually destroy me. He may ask me to say “goodbye” to everything I’ve ever known. Will I go with Him? Will I trust Him? Or will I try to hang on to what is comfortable, kicking and screaming? My answer is found in the little caterpillar, who surrenders to the uncertainty of the cocoon, and emerges more glorious and free than ever before.
If I trust my life to God, even when all seems like death and darkness, eventually my life will return, and it will be more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.