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The Butterfly Lesson


The following was given to me by my Mom a couple of years ago. It hangs in a spot in our house where I can see it every day. However, I hadn’t actually read it for quite a while. But for some reason, I chose to read it again the other day, and it really spoke to me like never before… so, I just thought I’d share it here.


One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon. A man sat and watched for 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 was 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. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly.

I asked for Strength……. And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom……. And God gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity……. And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.
I asked for Courage……. And God gave me Danger to overcome.
I asked for Love……. And God gave me Troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors……. And God gave me Opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted……. And I received everything I needed.

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