Black Butterfly – Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians: 4:17 (NRSV)
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure.
The song “Black Butterfly” has left a deep impression on me from the mid-eighties. I chaperoned a group of high school students attending the NAACP ACT-SO competition in Washington, D.C. While I was there, a young lady performed a jazz dance to the song. With body undulating and arms gyrating, she fluidly reenacted the journey of a chrysalis transitioning from cocoon to maturation, eventually being reborn in the form of a stunning butterfly. Her rendition enthralled me, bringing me close to tears.
The ACT-SO performance touched me on many levels. It spoke of my social struggles at the intersection of race, class, and gender and brought to mind the great cloud of Black female witnesses who had preceded me. The song represented a bitter-sweet medley of disappointment and hope. It soothed, comforted, and reassured me that everything would be all right one day – maybe after my metamorphosis had occurred on both a physical and spiritual plane.
Creator God, in many ways, I am like a chrysalis. After the appropriate time of growth and development, my cocoon will erupt and release a magnificent new creation. Until my change comes, give me the patience to wait on you, and while I am waiting, grant me your peace. Amen.