Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of 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 that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. 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 lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been and we could never fly!

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In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and He heard me. Psalm 120:1

We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Thy name. Psalm 142:7


Brenda Craig said...


This is such a lovely story. Father gave me a love letter based on the butterfly which I just placed on my site. Then I found this I thought, "How Wonderful How True!" Such lovely words on your site.

Blessings In Christ

Servant of the Most High said...

Dear Brenda,

This is a remarkable comparison to me. I never knew this before, about the butterfly.

Throughout my life, I have experienced that struggle brings us closer to the Lord and teaches us to depend on Him alone.

Living on this earth is our classroom, the Bible is our textbook and the Lord is our Teacher.... are we making effort to get high marks?

Living for His Glory,
Dr. Trudy