The Butterfly


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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 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!

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2 Responses to “The Butterfly”

  1. keerthana says:

    the exact thing happened to me…ive been failin in my whole scooling

  2. gladys says:

    I LOVE YOUR STORY ABOUT THE BUTTERFLY, THIS IS JUST THE THING I NEED TO SHOW MEN WHO LIVE IN A HOMELESS SHELTER. THAT LIFE MAYBE A STRUGGLE. PEOPLE MAY HELP YOU BUT LIKE THAT BUTTERFLY. WE HAVE TO WORK HARD IN THIS LIFE. NOTHING COMES EASY.. LIKE THE BUTTERFLY WE ALL NEED GOD IN OUR LIVES, AND THAT IS SOMETHING WE ALL MUST DO. GET TO KNOW JESUS AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. BE BLESSED ALL OF YOU, AND THATS WHY I MAKE AND LOVE THE BUTTERFLY SO MUCH. SOMETIMES THERE ARE THINGS IN LIFE WE CANT FIX. LIKE THE BUTTERFLY HE STILL STRUGGLED TO LIVE. GOD IS THE GIVER OF LIFE. BE BLESSED ALL OF YOU

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