In a sense, God intended us humans to go through a metamorphosis. No, we won't sprout wings. But God invites us to enter a relationship that transforms us and changes us so that we will be more and more like Jesus. However, unlike the butterfly, we were created with a will that can resist God. If we don't want to form a cocoon, God allows it. If we don't want to leave the cocoon, God permits it. If we don't want wings that enable us to fly, God doesn't force us to wear them. He allows us to resist the metamorphosis, even though the transformation is for our best and brings about the glory and praise of God.
Just recently, I was reading Peanuts. Linus was writing to the Great Pumpkin (his Halloween form of Santa Claus). He wrote: "Dear Great Pumpkin, Well, I waited and you didn't show up. It's a good thing I'm young and can stand all these disappointments because, frankly, I've had it! The ones I feel sorry for are the older people who waited all night in their pumpkin patches for you to come. If I sound bitter, it's because I am. Sincerely, Linus Van Pelt. P.S. See you next year."
When we resist the metamorphosis, we are just like Linus who each year sits out waiting for the "Great Pumpkin," even though it never comes. What makes him sit there and wait? What makes us repeat the same actions that hinder us from experiencing a transformation? What blocks us from experiencing the transformation that God desires for us?
You are invited by God to enter a metamorphosis that produces such beauty. Surrender your will and flutter like a butterfly.