A Butterfly's Struggle
A Butterfly A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One
day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for
several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little
hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if
it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther. Then the
man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the
cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. Something was strange.
The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man
continued to watch the butterfly because he expected 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 deformed wings. It was never 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 smallopening of the cocoon are 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
If God allowed us to go throughall our life without any
obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what
we could have been. Not only that, we could never fly.