Welcome to the month of Av, the 5th month on the Hebrew calendar.
One of the characteristics of this month, as stated by Chuck Pierce in his book A Time to Advance, is that this is a time to metamorphose or disintegrate. What will determine the outcome? YOU WILL!
Let’s look a little closer at those words to we can ensure that we come out of this month looking much better than we did going in.
We have all been on a journey, walking through a process of becoming. It hasn’t been easy, feeling like we’ve had the breath sucked out of us or that we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. But God has been refining us like gold and there comes a moment when the transformation becomes visible.
This month is that moment!
Our choice is to agree with the transformation into our God-given identity or to shrink back and continue to suffer under the weight of all that hard stuff we’ve been through. If we continue to complain about the rock and hard place that had us confined, or if we keep giving place to that life-sucking spirit, we agree with what the enemy is doing and we choke out the new life of God that is breathing on us NOW. Looking at the definition of disintegrate, we find that it simply means we give in to the breakdown of our bodies, minds and spirit. The integrity of our whole being begins to break apart and we will no longer have the strength we need to move into our promise. In other words, we have lost heart and we will fall back into the old and remain there. When the Israelites saw the good bounty of the promised land but lost hope because there were giants there, they were sent back to wilderness to die without hope of ever tasting of that good fruit again. This is a tragedy! We didn’t come all this way, only to never get to live in the promise.
But we have another option – to metamorphose, to fully become. This word is quite amazing. Of course we know that metamorphosis is the process a caterpillar undergoes to become a butterfly. Once the caterpillar grows as big as it can in that phase of life, it finds a quiet, secluded place where it will build its chrysalis. It spins its own cocoon of silk. Each caterpillar has its own unique model of cocoon regarding size, shape, thickness and so on. Most are just big enough to shut the caterpillar away, no extra room. The wise caterpillar understands that it must be in a quiet place to rest and allow this process of transformation to occur. It can’t go on any longer with business as usual, it must sever ties with its old activities in order to reach its full potential.
So it is with us. We often want to resist the seclusion, resist the confinement, resist the rest the Lord is offering us. Busyness makes us feel productive, but in this case, it actually hinders our growth. Our transformation is only complete when we allow the Lord to have His way and cease from our own labors. Striving must cease!
When we make that agreement with God, we know that soon we will emerge with wings! What happens to that caterpillar is a complete transformation from one physical form to another. The definition, according to Merriam-Webster.com, of metamorphose suggests “an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power. “ The transformation that God is working in us is holistic, not just physical. It is transforming our character, enlarging our gifts and anointings, filling up our finances, restoring our relationships, healing our health issues, establishing our path. It is a complete makeover. The old is gone, the new has come. We are still walking a process to see these things fully manifested, but no longer will the process be done in secret as in the cocoon; it will be visible so that the world will know. You are now a NEW creation!
By instinct, the butterfly knows when its day to emerge has come. It excretes saliva that softens the cocoon and allows it to break the walls of confinement and fly. During this month, listen carefully for the voice of the Lord to release you. When He says fly, simply lift your wings and let His wind begin to carry you high above your circumstances into places you’ve only dreamed of going. Don’t be afraid to take flight. He’s already determined your path and prepared your landing places. He has gone before you.
Av is about THE BIG REVEAL! Express Your true identity to the world so that we can see who You were created to be before the foundation of the world.