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02/19/04

A Butterfly’s Lesson

”One day, a small oppening appeared on a cocoon; a man sat and watched
for 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 not go
any further. So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of
scissors and opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

But it had a withered body, it was tiny and shrivelled wings. The man
continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings
would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s
body, and become firm.

Neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a
withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and his goodwill, 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 cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. Never
be able to fly.

I asked for Strength...
And God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom...
And God gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity...
And God gave me a Brain and Brawn to work.
I asked for Courage…..
And God gave me obstacles to overcome.
I asked for Love...
And God gave me Troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors...
And God gave me Opportunities. 

“I received nothing I wanted...
But I received everything I needed."

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