Updated: Jan 29, 2021
Does the life cycle of a butterfly resonate with you? Can you envision the healthier you? What does she look like? Can you describe her to me? Is she confident? Can she speak her needs? Does she "stay in her lane" instead of trying to control her spouse's recovery? Does she love her body? Is she creative?
What do you think of most when "butterfly" comes to your mind? Most people, especially when thinking about any sort of recovery program, automatically think of the metamorphosis. Shedding the old, replacing the new. Spreading your wings and flying into freedom. Ahhhh...it just sounds so lovely, doesn't it?
But what if I told you one of the best attributes about the butterfly is the wings? Butterfly wings are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water. The microtopography on the wings allows water molecules to easily roll off the surface. This has an additional benefit. When water is repelled it works as a cleaning mechanism. Dirt that is collected on the wings and can inhibit flying is removed along with the water; this helps keep the butterfly’s wings clean so they can flutter.
Consider recovery work as microtopography of our wings. Recovery work is the cleaning mechanism as it collects dirt and removes it so we can soar. God is turning me into His butterfly. And I’m going to fly. I’m going to see beauty again. And I will be beautiful again. And you know what? So will you.