The Butterfly’s Story
|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 squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then itstopped, as if it couldn’t go further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand: The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, …it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. We would never be able to fly.
I asked for Strength…
And God gave me Difficulties to overcome and to strengthen me.
I asked for Wisdom…
And God gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity…
And God gave me enough Brain and Brawn to work.
I asked for Courage…
And God gave me Obstacles to overcome.
I asked for Love…
And God gave me Troubled people who were ready for help.
I asked for Favors…
And God gave me Opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted…
But I received everything I needed.