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The Butterfly Story

“Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled.”  Unknown

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 life’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, like the butterfly, the struggles we go through in life are necessary, although we usually don’t understand why. If God allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, it could hurt our growth. Then we would not be as strong as we should be — and it could keep us from soaring to the wonderful heights that HE has planned for you and me.

Author Unknown

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