How we would like to get out of bed every morning, knowing there was no problem to face, right?
Wrong! If that’s what your thoughts are, because those same challenges make the difference between you flying high, and you crawling low!
I’m going to use an old example, bear with me: A man found a cocoon. 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 further. 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. But 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.
But let’s go back to the butterfly. What started the butterfly, on its task of getting out of the cocoon? Why, it’s vision of flying right? And the vision kept it going, till it stopped. Now, why did it stop? Because it was giving up? No, I think it did, to regather its strength, maybe to work on a new strategy of cutting instead of relentlessly pushing. But it didn’t stop to quit. It just rested. It was patient and finally because of its own efforts it came out a ‘ready to fly’ butterfly!
If God allowed us to go through all our life without any obstacles, that would cripple us, wouldn’t it? We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Not only that, we could never fly.
Today, in these days of partial lockdown, while you are stuck in your cocoon, facing economically tough days, and safety concerns, understand its muscle building time. Work out plans, strategize, and don’t let laziness fill those wings, instead get ready to fly…!
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