A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One d=y a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours =s 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 farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so 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.
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
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.
And we could never fly.
I think in life we discover our true strength only in times when being strong is the only
choice we have left.
Face your fears, face your obstacles for they are there to serve you to make you stronger.
In the end, be thankful for them and hope for bigger challenges because that
means you are great enough to face them.
I know of no other way that leads to self discovery other than crossing my personal lines
and limits to discover where they are.