AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: January 31, 2011 | COMMENTS: 3 Comments
CATEGORIES: Love This...Not So Much,
A man found the 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 farther.
It was then that the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly expecting 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 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 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. After all it is during our struggles that we garner strength. We would not be as strong without adversity, and we could never fly.
— Author Unknown
Are we stronger for our struggles, or do our struggles weaken us? Only we can decide to emerge from life’s trials and tribulations as stronger people. What’s your decision?