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THE BUTTERFLY

In these trying, frustrating and exasperating dog days of our current administration, I find myself looking toward the Heavens for support. Not answers, mind you. I think I have some of them and some of you might not like and/or agree with them. So I’m looking upward trying to find the strength to wake up each day with a smile on my face and move forward.

Which leads me to a wonderful story I heard long ago but really gives me some hope. I’m going to share it with you. I don’t know the author so I apologize for that.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and maybe you’ll get something from it. I know I did. Here it is.

A man found a cocoon of 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 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 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, 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 lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

We could never fly!

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