A man found a cocoon for 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 the little hole. Then
it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had
gotten as far as it could and could go no farther. Then the
man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of
the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. Something was
strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected
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 deformed wings. It was
never 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 small opening of the cocoon are
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 all our life without any
obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as strong as
what we could have been. Not only that, we could never fly.
Sent by my friend Anitha Sridhar. Author: Unknown