I was privileged to see a swarm of dragonflies at my mother’s house two days this week since I have been here. From everything that I’ve read, most dragonflies don’t swarm until the end of the summer into early fall. After seeing this rare occurrence twice in the same week, I decided to look up the symbolism behind the dragonfly and see if God was sending a message of some sort.
The dragonfly has been around for almost 300 million years, according to my research. Everywhere that I have read, the dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, and adaptability. Walking out into a swarm of them really made me stop and think about change, transformation and adaptability that God would like us to have. To fully move into things that we are called to, we must be ready to change and transform into what God needs us to be. The new creature we become in Christ, allows us to be able to live differently than we did before, but the question remains, are we willing to make the changes necessary to live the life that God wants us to live? Are we willing to give up things that we enjoyed doing in the past because they are not pleasing to God? Are we willing to listen and follow the big dreams that God has placed in us, no matter the cost? What are we willing to sacrifice to change and transform into what God wants us to be? For some of us, we get to the point where we feel we have nothing to lose, so we pick up our cross and follow Christ. For others, that cross is harder to bare and we fall back into the things we swore we would never return to.
In truth, we must be willing to change and transform. If we continually look into our own rearview mirror and live more in our past than our present, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. The ultimate question, as I continue to ponder on the swarm of dragonflies, is am I willing to be like the Apostles, leave everything and follow Christ? If he asked it of you, would you be like the dragonfly or would you be doomed to repeat your past?
By Monica Alday