This is the second time I've received this in an email - but the message has stuck with me (particularly with my kids) so I thought I'd pass it on to you.......
The Struggle of the Butterfly
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared and he sat and watched the butterfly as it struggled for several hours to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any
progress. It appeared it had gotten as far as it could. The man decided to
help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the
remaining bit of 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 expand and be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent its whole life crawling
around with a swollen body and shriveled 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 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 freedom.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us
to go through life without obstacles, it would cripple us! We would not be
as strong as we could have been.
And . . . We would never fly!