THE COCOON by Marsha Burns:

Current restrictions and subsequent isolation have left many of us feeling like we are in a cocoon. We want to experience the freedom that God has given us.  We want to fly, but it is not yet time for us to do so in the natural scheme of things. We are still in what seems to be a never-ending process.  We  want to believe that we are nearing the end of the current transition, but the truth is we don't actually see the end in sight.

The Lord continues to speak to us about this time of transition, admonishing us to be patient and to persevere:

Small Straws:

Current times call for extraordinary perseverance to endure the difficulties and delays in achieving your goals. Refuse to allow agitation and impatience to impede your progress. What you do now will define your future in many ways. Seek Me for direction.

The days ahead will require patience and perseverance. We are not to get ahead of ourselves by moving forward without His direction. We are to be slow and steady and secure. James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

These are exceptional times of change and discovery that will lead to breakthrough. You will look back on these days as being pivotal. Today is not only the first day of the rest of your life, but a day of leaving the past behind. Continue on with confidence in My word and presence. 

In thinking about being in a proverbial cocoon and how impatient we tend to become, I do not believe there is any impatience involved in the actual four stages (egg, larva, pupa, adult) of metamorphosis that produce a beautiful butterfly. I do believe that each stage has its own concentrated development according to its predetermined creation.

Similarly, our Creator is transforming us into His image and there are stages to our growth and development which are necessary for our spiritual development.

We cannot confuse being conformed to this world, in the sense of getting back to the business at hand, with being transformed into the image of God.  One is a work of the flesh, and the other the work of divine perfection, which cannot or will not be hurried.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

This work in us will be done in God's perfect will and timing. So, we need to settle down in this time of confinement and let Him have His way.