The Cocoon and the Butterfly
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.