Waiting in the Cocoon

By: Delana H. Stewartstriped caterpillar, hanging caterpillar, waiting caterpillar, making cocoon

Do you feel like you are in a holding tank? Perhaps waiting in a cocoon?

Stephen W. Smith in his book Embracing Soul Care quotes Trina Paulus author of Hope for the Flowers:

“I’m making a cocoon,” said the caterpillar. “It looks like I’m hiding, I know, but a cocoon is no escape. It’s an in-between house where the change takes place . . . . During the change, it will seem . . . that nothing is happening, but the butterfly is already becoming. It just takes time.”

I have been there, in the cocoon, that is. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting some more. Wondering if God had heard my prayers. Wondering if I had heard God correctly. I know what it is like to wait for something for a decade.

Oh, how I wanted to break out of the cocoon and not wait! But I am so glad and thankful that I did not rush the process. Beauty, life, grace, and strength come through the cocoon.

Like the author of Embracing Soul Care I reflected during that decade of waiting on those in the Bible who had long periods of waiting, too. Job waited for healing and restoration. Abraham and Sarah waited their whole lives for a child. Moses waited for 40 years before God called him from the burning bush. The Israelites waited in the desert before being able to enter the promise land. Jonah waited for days inside the belly of a great fish.  Jesus waited in the tomb.

orange butterfly, monarch butterfly, butterfly spread wings, open wing butterfly, butterfly on plant, waiting butterflyGod’s faithfulness and provision come while we are waiting. Are you in a cocoon today? This time of waiting you face in your life is more than just waiting for something to happen, an answer to come; it is about the process of becoming.

“. . . the butterfly is already becoming. It just takes time.”


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