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Like a Butterfly

One day while walking through the woods,

a man found a cocoon. He decided to

take the cocoon home

to watch its transformation

into a beautiful butterfly.

 He gently placed it on

his table and watched

it for several days.

 One day a small opening

   appeared and the cocoon started to move.

 The old man sat and watched it for several

hours as it struggled

 and struggled to force

its body from the cocoon.

Then it seemed

to stop making any progress. It appeared

as if it had gotten as

 far as it could and was

unable to go any farther. Finally, the old

man feeling sorry

for the cocooned butterfly,

decided to help

 the butterfly. He took a pair

 of scissors and snipped

off the remaining bit

of the cocoon.

The butterfly then easily emerged.

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.

Neither happened! 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 cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are

 exactly what we need in our life.

 If God allowed us to go through our

life without any obstacles, it would

only cripple us. We would not be as

strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.

                 ~ Author Unknown ~