Have you ever asked to be given a quick solution to a problem rather than to work things out for yourself?
Watch the video clip of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon…
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 that it had got 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, shrivelled 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 shrivelled 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 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.
There is a message in this story, 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 could be. We could never 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 wealth and prosperity…and God gave me a brain and strength to get work.
I asked for courage… and God gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for love… and God gave me troubled people to help.