Choosing Change

Choosing Change

What is your first reaction when you read the word change? Is it a moment of dread and despair? Perhaps, you are thinking of changing the furniture in your living room – excited? Maybe you are thinking of packing all your belongings and moving to a new city with great anticipation of what new things you will uncover.

Whatever your reaction, you are not alone! In a quick search through Google, there were over 12.5 billion results. It seems to be a popular topic!

I would in no way consider myself a natural or animal science person. I grew up in a big city and am not a fan of dirt. I much prefer concrete. However, there is one part of nature that fascinates me – what happens when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. That process and result amaze me.

In the December 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine, I found an interesting and brief article on new discoveries related to this metamorphosis (change). Apparently, at one time, scientists believed that the caterpillar became “soup” in the chrysalis to become a butterfly. Because of new technology that allows scientists to watch the journey by scans, scientists now know that this makeover is programmed into the insect, causing some cells to die and others to grow and expand. Can you just imagine what it takes for a creeping insect (caterpillar) to become a winged beauty (butterfly) capable of flight! Of course, it’s programmed – God made them that way!

Talk about change! WOW! The God of the universe so carefully created a creepy crawly insect that it could become a beautiful butterfly that can fly. How much more has He created you and me!

            Genesis 1 reminds us in verse 27, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the       image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

            Psalm 139 declares in verse 13 (NLT), “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body             and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me to wonderfully           complex.” I wonder what the butterfly might say if he could read those last words –      wonderfully complex!

This same God who created you and me in His image also created us with the ability to choose and to change. Aren’t you glad change included no more diapers or baby food? Change included learning to walk and riding a bicycle, learning to spell, using a computer, driving a car, and when we become followers of Jesus, the change can be exponential!

You say, “Can be exponential??” Yes, can be because we have the opportunity to choose to go along with God’s plan, design and desire for us or not. When we participate with God, we choose to allow Him to exercise His plan for, with and in us. Of course, it will mean change.

When we become followers of Jesus, the change can be exponential!

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that “… if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” Change!!

Romans 12:2 reminds us that we can “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Change!

The final makeover (change) happens in Revelation 21:5, where it says, “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making all things new!’”

As you go through your days and change happens all around you, remember that the One who cares most about you, me and the butterfly is making all things news. Are you ready?

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.