Yes, it’s small. Yes, it’s girlie. But this is not just another butterfly tattoo.
You see, I love butterflies. I read this story over ten years ago, and since then butterflies have become a symbol of my faith and my struggles in it.
I would never imagine seeing a butterfly trying to cram her way back into that cocoon. That’s simply ridiculous !
When I look at my butterfly I want to be reminded of the transformation and regeneration Christ has done in my life.
Below are just a few scriptures that I am encouraged by with thoughts of my butterfly.
Do you have any you would like to share?
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” ( HE makes all things, not somethings, not just improved, NEW)
2 Corinthians 5:17
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. ( old things are passed away, a butterfly can never ever go back into the cocoon and regress to be a caterpillar)
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (He began the good work in me, he will perfect it, it’s a process that continues “until the day of Christ Jesus”)
Made Alive in Christ
1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
“How does one become a butterfly?” she [a caterpillar] asked pensively. [the butterfly replied] “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still live. Life is changed, not taken away.” Trina Paulus, author, “Hope for the Flowers.”
Ohh and also, thanks to Matt over at Ink Link Tattoos, I am sure you could do something more elaborate and artsy, but you did exactly what I wanted.
If you are in the West Palm Beach area, and are interested in getting a tat, call Ink Link! 561.712.9009 !!
6 thoughts on “Not just another butterfly.”
Oh my carefully nutured former caterpillar
It is good to see that you have finally broken through
Your once fragile wings
Now alive and strong and vivid with color
Oh my courageous new butterfly
This is exactly the reason that I want a butterfly. I was looking at tattoos online to research which I liked and came across your blog. Your tattoo is very pretty and a beautiful symbol of your faith. I’m not certain what shape I’ll choose for mine, but the body of it will be a cross. It’s very cool to see someone with the same idea behind getting a tattoo. :) God Bless!
You my friend need to listen to All Thing New by Watermark as fast as you can!!!!
i love that butterfly story! what a great reminder that God “squeezes” us to strengthen us. love you!
Man you people need help… What guy gets a butterfly tattoo on his arm like that. If you can’t believe in yourself and have to believe in something else then I’d say a sheep tattoo would have been more fitting.
I’m not sure if you will even get this because of the fake email you provided but…..
a) I’m not sure what you mean by “you people” so I’ll just take it as you are talking about me, since this is my blog. You’re right. I do need help. Every day my tattoo reminds me of who I was before Christ, and the transformation that He has done in my life.
b) I’m not a guy ;)
c) It’s complicated to say “believing in myself”. When I was left to myself, to believe in “myself”, I damn near ruined my life. I had plenty of success, and pride and self-esteem to go with it. Now knowing that I am created in the image of God, to fulfill the purpose He has for my life. Is that believing in myself? Or in the one who created me for His purpose and His pleasure?
d) Theologically speaking, you are again, right. Over and over again, we are referred to as sheep (Isaiah 53, John 10, Psalm 100) And sadly, sheep without a shepherd. Think about it, people are totally like sheep. We would follow each other off a cliff. Wander aimlessly.
But God, rich in mercy, is our Shepherd. (Psalm 23) and has compassion on us (Matthew 9, Mark 6)
Man, I wish you wouldn’t have given me a bogus email address…….. I would have loved to have a conversation with you.
Julie (not a guy)