LIFESTROKES

LifeSTROKES: Embracing Transformation Stepping into my primary six classroom in my quaint grandmother’s town during the 1980s, I was immediately captivated by a vibrant illustration of a butterfly adorning the classroom sidewall. The colors and beauty of this delicate creature filled me with excitement and enthusiasm for life. However, as time went on, my excitement turned into curiosity. I soon realized that the purpose of this illustration was to teach us about the life cycle of a butterfly. Although it didn’t hold much significance for me at the time, it provided a glimpse into how this magnificent creature evolves from an egg to a larva, then to a pupa, and finally emerges as an imago – a fully-grown butterfly. It was a stage of transformation that we, as mere mortals, could witness and recognize. Now, as a new season dawns upon us, I am reminded of the beauty of change. Just like the fields that are adorned with lush greens and vibrant colors, life itself undergoes various stages of transformation. Reflecting on the events unfolding around us, I am reminded of the valuable lesson the butterfly teaches us – that life is comprised of phases and seasons. Despite its fragility and the challenges posed by adverse weather, the butterfly perseveres through each stage of development, ultimately breaking free into adulthood. It serves as a reminder that we too possess the strength and resilience to embrace our own new seasons. Whether in the form of an egg, larva, or pupa, a butterfly is incredibly sensitive to its surroundings, weather, and time. Even as a blind larva or pupa, it instinctively seeks shelter and protection, waiting for the perfect conditions to transform into its next phase – adulthood. Similarly, we have the power to resist the status quo and break free into our own new seasons. Change is an inherent part of life, and if we are to fulfill our God-given purpose of positively transforming the world, we must embrace it. Avoiding change is akin to stagnation and ultimately leads to our demise. Fortunately, there are individuals tirelessly striving for change, both in our country and within the church. Their passionate voices echo the urgent need for transformation. In conclusion, it is evident that we are in the season for change. Just as the butterfly undergoes a remarkable metamorphosis, we too must embrace transformation in order to thrive. Let us learn from the butterfly’s resilience and adaptability, and let us be the catalysts for positive change in our world.