The “Too Comfortable” Cocoon
…. and the caterpillar that almost missed out on new life as a butterfly
There once was a caterpillar wrapped tight in his cocoon. God announced to the caterpillar that it was time to come out, but the caterpillar objected: “No, please, it’s much too soon!!”
The caterpillar grew comfortable with his life hidden in the confines of the cocoon. He feared that life outside was too uncertain. He wasn’t brave enough to venture into the unknown; the world could be so cruel. No, he thought, life is safer here…alone… inside of my cocoon. God gently whispered to the caterpillar once more, “Come out caterpillar, I want you to be free.” But the caterpillar stubbornly refused “No, please, I don’t want anyone to see the real me!”
After some time had passed, the caterpillar began to wonder if there was more to life than living hidden inside of a cocoon, but he felt frozen… stuck in this life he had chosen. The comfort of the cocoon was all he had ever known and truth be told, he was too scared to try anything new!
So the caterpillar continued the life he had become accustomed to, but the process began to get painful indeed. His body was feeling cramped, he longed to stretch out, and he was running out of room in which to grow. Although he was no longer so sure about what he needed, he clung tightly to the life he knew, and refused to let go.
During the course of the caterpillar’s struggle, a revelation came to him not a moment too soon: This life inside of my cocoon is really no life at all. Of all my fears, I’m most afraid to simply be me!
When once again he heard God’s call, the caterpillar put up no fight, no fight at all. “Here I am,” he said simply, “please show me the way.” At once, the cocoon broke away. And there, for all to enjoy, was a one-of-a-kind, beautiful butterfly emerging into the radiant light of day!
He felt alive… and tingled with new sensation! Behold, God had turned him into a new creation!
(2 Cor 5:17)
Inspired by the Nature of God