In the Chrysalis

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As Christians, why do we struggle against the world when we are told our enemy is not flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12)? Why do we wage war as the world does, with hateful words and rhetoric, when we are told these are not to be our weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)? Why do we insist on clutching to our own agendas when following God’s agenda would be so much more fruitful (James 4:7)?

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We’re a fearful culture. We exclude, discriminate, segregate, judge, restrict, and divide. We live from fear. We are slow to learn and resist change. We refuse to gently and lovingly engage when we see or hear private wrongdoing; we step away because, “it’s not my concern.” Yet we’re quick to indiscriminately judge whole groups, deciding they are greater sinners than we. We’re caterpillars who inch along, give our Sundays to God, but refuse to surrender pieces of our private lives the rest of the week for the gift of grace and love that comes with yielding all.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

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We’re an impatient culture. We suspire when we stand in line. We honk horns when we drive. We search out the shortest grocery queue. We want fast food, fast downloads, fast conversations and no interruptions. We want what we want and we want it now. We pray, and assume our prayers go unanswered if we don’t immediately receive a job, a house, a spouse, a cure, a resolution. If tragedy occurs, we run from God instead of toward Him, accusing Him of not caring. We struggle inside our chrysalis, refusing to acknowledge the wait is a journey, the silence a respite for metamorphosis, redemption. We agonize and thrash to escape before our intended time.

Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

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We’re a changing culture. As we investigate God’s word for ourselves and assimilate its meaning – not just listen to what other people tell us it means – our eyes and ears begin to open. Our hearts are blessed by hope and filled to overflowing by His mercy, grace and love. We are enabled by the Spirit to bless others who we recognize as His creation. We suddenly have a core grasp of what loving God and loving our neighbor means. He has released the butterfly in us, and we are transformed. We live our lives from abiding in love.

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

27 comments

  1. Planting Potatoes · ·

    good read – great use of the Caterpillar in the process of becoming a butterfly – photos and words are a blessing!

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    1. Thank you – and thanks to all those photo sites around the web! 🙂

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  2. Could not agree more! I always remind myself of this when I feel tempted to argue Christian vs. secular world view. That doesn’t need my arguments. What the world needs is love, Christ’s love, shared through me.

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    1. Amen and amen! One heart, one butterfly at a time. And you are doing that with four! 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Ann's Corner and commented:
    Had to share this!
    Just beautiful…
    So encouraging and full of healing in the word.
    Thanks!

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    1. Oh, Ann, bless you. I am lightened by this. My heart warmed a little more. ❤

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  4. Beautiful! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. I appreciate it.

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  5. Reblogged this on The Portugal Years and commented:
    This is a good post that Susan Irene Fox posted today. Asks some hard questions.

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    1. Thank you for all your encouragement, Susan. It means so much. ❤

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      1. You are welcome!

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  6. Thank you, Susan. That is a thought provoking and powerful post.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I see changes, but not in my own back yard. I hear them globally, and see them happening in this online church, and am joyful love transforms one follower at a time.

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      1. We’ve too long kow-towed to “churchianity” and to the idea that we are wrong if the pastor says something different from what our understanding of the Holy Spirit tells us. That can seriously cause confusion, anger and frustration.

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      2. Absolutely, Susan. I think that’s why church membership continues to decline. Too much focus on numbers; not enough on love and grace. It’s incumbent upon all of us to read the words of Jesus for ourselves, think on them and, with the Holy Spirit’s help determine what he truly meant.

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  7. True ,True ,True on all of the above. I have been visiting with local pastors this week. One of the topics that came up was being spirit filled Christians. Its not hard to do. Yet folks back off in fear of that which they won’t read for themselves in the word of God. Spirit filled equals joy,peace,humbleness,love, patience all found in any circumstance we encounter simply because we are abel to love and accept love from Jesus. Jesus is the way.Well said sister.

    much love Tom

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    1. Spirit-filled equals all that, Tom.
      Bless you.

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  8. Love your insights here, Susan. Especially, the connection between moving from fear to love and the metamorphoses of the butterfly. Let’s stop crawling around in our caterpillar theology of fear and fly like we’re supposed to in our Father’s love!

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    1. Yep, like that mystery. Let’s enjoy the freedom that comes from love. 😀

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  9. Amen and hallelujah. What a beautiful and truthful post.

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    1. Thanks, Paula. We must get to Love, and we can’t do that until we accept and receive His love, wholeheartedly.

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  10. Nice! This was awesome.

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    1. Thank you, Jane. I hear many questioning, emerging, transforming into a new (the ancient) Christianity. I think this is where we’re meant to be.

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  11. I love this comparison to the chrysalis…Perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. Had this piece in draft for months; couldn’t get it out of my mind. 🙂

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  12. Wonderful post! I can find no words that would add to what you have posted. Thanks for all your inspiration and thoughts.

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    1. Wow, thank you Bill.

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