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Cocoon of a Butterfly - Jennifer Waugh

” A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He stared 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 got 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 shrivelled 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 shrivelled 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 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 our struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Lives without any obstacles, would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We would never fly!

I asked for strength and Life gave me loss and grief.

I asked for wisdom…and Life gave me difficulties.

I asked for courage and Life taught me fear.

I asked for love…and Life showed me war.

I asked for favours…and Life gave me opportunities.

I got nothing I asked for…and everything I needed.

Keep feeling those feelings that are coming up and remember that whenever we struggle there’s a new beginning.

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