This was actually inspired by my daughter’s recent poem, “The River.” She has an amazing, creative gift of writing. Be sure to check out her blog, Grace for the Evergreen. Blessings, and may you stay true to the journey! —Angie Stolba
When she gave her “yes” to the Lord,
she didn’t fully recognize what she was signing up for.
Completely surrendered, yet somewhat terrified,
she bravely ventured forward on the journey.
Along the way, there were victories.
There was also tremendous heartache,
betrayal, and pain.
She lost herself, only to find who she truly was inside.
She went through such a dramatic metamorphosis,
that when she emerged, she barely recognized herself.
No longer an unsightly caterpillar,
she was now a beautiful butterfly.
Her wings were now fully developed,
and she soared to new heights
that she had previously
only dreamed of.
Some were angry,
and resentful of her newfound freedom.
They were intimidated,
now that she was a butterfly.
They tried to reason with her
that it was foolish…
…even risky to leave the other caterpillars,
yet she bravely continued on her journey.
Along the way, she made it her mission
to rescue other caterpillars
and help them find true freedom,
as she, herself, had found.
The bright light that radiated from within
her truly shone in the darkness;
it gave others the courage to overcome the very things
that she, herself, had won victory over.
The journey was filled
with many twists and turns;
moments so agonizing,
that she momentarily considered turning back.
Yet, in her heart of hearts,
she knew that she had come too far on her journey,
and that turning back
was simply not an option.
Her scars told a story;
her eyes shone with a light
that the darkness could not dim,
and others were drawn to her.
She knew that the journey that the Lord had her on
was not simply about her, rather the future generations
that would one day follow in her footsteps,
reaping the benefits of what she so gallantly fought to overcome.
She continued to plow the ground,
cultivating a new path.
You might even call her a pioneer.
Through it all, she had found great purpose in her pain.
She learned to love—
even in the midst of hate—
and she would be forever grateful for the journey.