Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure; your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. James 1:2-4 (The Message)
When I think about the tests and trials I endured before receiving a certain breakthrough, I am reminded of the transformation process of the butterfly. The butterfly is developed through a process called metamorphosis.This is a Greek word that means transformation or change in shape. Habitat and climate are two factors that can influence the development of butterflies. There are four stages in the growth development of butterflies: Egg, Caterpillar, Pupa and Adult.
I would like to bring attention to the development stage of the Pupa. After the caterpillar is full grown and stops eating, it attaches itself to a place to rest. It forms a pupa and goes into a type of hibernation. On the outside it looks like nothing is going on but changes are occurring inside the pupa that we can't see. The internal systems are reorganizing and transforming into adult structures. This is a transitional stage.
Alike the butterfly, many of us experience a transformation in our lives as we get closer to walking into the plans God has revealed to us. During the transitional stage, we may encounter adversity in our faith, health, finances and family. For even some, as we strive to advance in the Kingdom of God, we may experience adversity in our ministry. But it's the resistance of the adversity that gives strength to press or thrust forward.
God develops character through our sufferings. (Romans 5:3-4) As I experienced opposition in areas of my life, I was developing the mind and heart of Christ. What God planted on the inside of me was unfolding during this process and the image of Christ was reflecting through me. It was important for me to persevere or hold on to the revelation of the outcome of my circumstances in spite of the opposition, discouragement and sense of defeat I was feeling.
In God's timing, the necessary traits inside of me where developed and strengthen in order for me to break into the next level of opportunity that was set before me. I was able to withstand the effects of the arrows that would come against me and press into the freedom of living for Christ. I was strong enough to break free from adversity and therefore received a breakthrough.