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The Butterfly

 

One day while walking through the woods,

a man found a cocoon.

 

He decided to take the cocoon home to watch

its transformation into a beautiful butterfly.

 

He gently placed it on his table and

watched it for several days.

 

One day a small opening appeared

and the cocoon started to move.

 

The old man sat and watched it

for several hours as it struggled

 

and struggled to force its body from the cocoon.

 

Then it seemed to stop making any progress.

 

It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it

could and was unable to go any farther.

 

Finally, the old man feeling sorry for the

cocooned butterfly, decided to help the butterfly.

 

He took a pair of scissors and snipped

off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

 

The butterfly then easily emerged.

 

But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

 

The man continued to watch the butterfly

because he expected that, at any moment,

 

the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to

support the body, which would contract in time.

 

Neither happened!

 

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling

around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

 

It never was able to fly.

 

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand,

 

was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required

for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening,

 

were God's way of forcing fluid from the

body of the butterfly into its wings,

 

so that it would be ready for flight once it

achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

 

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

 

If God allowed us to go through our life without

any obstacles, it would only cripple us.

 

We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

 

And we could never fly.

 

~ Author Unknown ~

     

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