I have always been amazed by butterflies. Their life cycle has always shown great symbolism to me. A caterpillar goes into their chrysalis for several weeks or more before emerging into a drastically different creature.
This symbolism reminds me of our rebirth as we begin our walk with Christ. As a caterpillar has a metamorphosis inside the chrysalis, old cells begin to die to make way for the new. When we accept Christ as our savior, our old selves die as we are given new life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Something else I have also found interesting about butterflies is their exit from the chrysalis. As a butterfly emerges, they struggle to break free. This struggle prepares their muscles to develop wings strong enough to fly. Without this struggle, butterflies cannot do what they were created to do. I find this example strangely reassuring. Looking back at the hardest parts of my own life, I can see that these experiences are also where I grew the most. Through the difficult stretching of my faith, I grew to understand the character of Christ.
If you are going through a period of struggle, I pray that you are reminded of the beauty that can come from our darkest times. You may not recognize it yet, but the struggles you are going through can be a part of your testimony. Let God carry you through the painful growing period and trust that He makes all things work together for His good. (Romans 8:28)