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Posted by TerryS ( on September 20, 2000 at 08:45:58:


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 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 it's

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. We could never fly!

Remember...what we struggle with makes us strong!

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