Once upon a time, a man found a cocoon of a butterfly. He noticed that the cocoon had a small opening, so he sat to watch the process of transformation for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through the little opening.
Then, the struggle appeared to stop. It looked like it was stuck. So the man decided to help the butterfly. Using a pair of scissors, he snipped off the remaining bit of cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it’s body was swollen and small and it’s wings were shriveled.
The man didn’t think anything of it as he has there watching and waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly so it could take flight.
But that didn’t happen.
The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.
Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle was needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening. The struggle was God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. The struggle was preparation for flying once it was out of the cocoon.
Moral of the Story:
Our struggles in life develop our strengths. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger, so it is important for us to tackle challenges and lean into faith and trust that every struggle equips us for what’s next.
*adapted from an unknown author