Strength from Adversity

AUTHOR: | POSTED: January 31, 2011 | COMMENTS: 3 Comments
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Carolyn Savage

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.

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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?

3 Comments on “ Strength from Adversity ”

  • jessica ortega | February 28th, 2011 5:48 pm

    i believe that what doesnt kill us only makes us stronger. im only 29 yrs old & have been through many difficult things. starting at age 17 i had multiple surgeries & close death experiences where the doctors did not give my family much hope, the loss of my mother in a car accident at the age of 17 when we were on our way back from seeing a specialist for my illness & a 3 organ transplant 5 yrs ago. i believe that God chose me to go through all these things to show people that with faith anything is possible!! 4 yrs ago i met my wonderful husband who gives me strength everyday & who is there with me at my doctor appts & anything that has to do with my health. we have wanted a baby for a little while now but have been struggling to make it happen but it is something i want to give my husband to become a father. ive been praying about it & i hope that God will give us the gift of a baby soon. i know invitro is very expensive, its sometimes hard to keep faith but i believe that without faith it could never happen so we will keep going forward. love your story & may God bless you for your unselfess gift!!

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  • Carolyn Savage | March 18th, 2011 10:03 am

    Wow…you must be an incredibly strong person. And your faith is inspiring. Know that you are in our prayers. I hope you find your way to your child soon. It is tough, but it sounds like you are one determined lady. I admire that.

    Stick around and hopefully we can inspire strength in many others, and one another! C

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  • Lorraine | March 27th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Hi Carolyn & Sean,

    My name is Lorraine and I watched your story last night on 60 Minutes (Australia).
    I really just wanted to say that in my eyes, you are both amazing and wonderful people. I totally admire your strength and humanity. There were several options you and your husband could have chosen, but you chose the one that was most humane, thoughtful, kind, sensative, honest, hard and difficult, trying and testing but yet filled with love and just purely beautiful. The struggle and amount of mixed emotions you both must have gone through is just amazing.

    I have been an egg donor for my ex sister-in-law and have seen what joy and happiness a child can bring to a couple wanting a baby, especially knowing you helped create that happiness no matter how small the contribution may have been. However, that was a choice I chose to make. You both didn’t chose to be impregnated with another couple’s embryo. What you both did for this couple (the Morrell’s) (out of a human error) is truly inspiring and absolutely amazing. The Morrell’s should be eternally grateful to you both for what you have given them in their beautiful baby boy.

    I pray that you are both eternally blessed with happiness and joy for the rest of your lives. May your children be blessed and hold their heads up high knowing they have two wonderful people as their parents.

    God bless,

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