Do Not Disturb My Cocoon
"Before I was afflicted I went astray: but
now I have kept thy Word ... it is good for
me that I have been afflicted; that I might
learn thy statutes" Psalm 119:67, 71.
The Lord has placed many things in nature, such as the butterfly,
to help us in understanding His ways.
This beautiful creature does not begin its life clothed in
the artistry of colorful, elegant wings. Indeed, it is nothing
more than a wretched worm! Hear the words of the Psalmist,
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why
art Thou so far from helping me, and from the
words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the
daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night
season, and am not silent ... but I am a worm,
and no man, a reproach of men and despised of
the people, all they that see me laugh me to
scorn" Psalm 22:1-2,6-7a.
Within this worm that is destined to become this beautiful
mature butterfly are special glands, which at the proper time,
begin to secrete a liquid that hardens as soon as it strikes
the air. The worm becomes enveloped completely in a cocoon,
within which a wonderful miracle ensues that we call "metamorphosis."
The worm is transformed in this hidden place.
In comparison, at the core of mankind is the corrupt Adamic
nature, which Jesus bore in redemption upon the cross in our
behalf. This sinful nature exudes from us in all kinds of
ways and draws to us the very troubles that would seemingly
"encase" us in a "cocoon" of suffering
Hot fires seem to burn within our souls, and cleansing tears
flow when we come into real repentance and begin to see ourselves
in truth and in the light of who Jesus is. Then, at just the
right time, we begin to wrestle, developing "spiritual
muscle," and we pierce through our "cocoon,"
our old sin nature, and enter into a whole new dimension of
spiritual life and freedom. Hallelujah! God has met us in
our deepest agony, and we have come to experience His love
There is the story of a fisherman who, while lazily awaiting
a nibble on his line, noticed a cocoon near him. His eye caught
movement and, as he watched there began a great struggle.
The little creature within gave a terrific battle for freedom
from the cocoon prison.
After some time, the fisherman felt compassion for the tiny
creature, so he reached down and broke apart the cocoon. After
he had peeled it away, he watched the creature's beautiful
wings begin to unfold. It was lovely indeed. But then, something
went wrong. The man could see that its muscles were not yet
developed, and it flopped over. The complete transformation
had been prematurely interrupted. The fisherman had ruined
the whole process.
When we know God is in control, we must suffer it all the
way through, allowing no well-meaning, praying friend to disturb
our "cocoon." Spiritual growth comes through a struggle
which develops "spiritual muscle."
Though men may be as worms, God intends to transform His
children into beautiful new, mature creatures, expressing
the sweet spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. He truly is in
control of all that He has allowed to come our way to work
His perfection within us.
And when we do emerge from our "cocoon," we will
be able to bask in the sunlight of His wonderful pure love,
having the strength to respond to His call to come higher.