My Pastor shared a wonderful story about a little boy and a butterfly. As you read this story, remember there is a purpose behind the struggle…
Along a dusty road in India there sat a beggar who sold cocoons. A young boy watched him day after day, and the beggar finally beckoned to him.
“Do you know what beauty lies within this cocoon? I will give you one so you might see for yourself. But you must be careful not to handle the cocoon until the butterfly comes out.”
The boy was enchanted with the gift and hurried home to await the butterfly. He laid the cocoon on the floor and became aware of a curious thing. The butterfly was beating its fragile wings against the hard wall of the cocoon until it appeared it would surely perish, before it could break the unyielding prison. Wanting only to help, the boy swiftly, but gently pried the cocoon open.
He then helped out the butterfly that lived within and threw it up into the air to help it to fly, but the butterfly fell to the ground. He threw it in the air again and again and again; but each time, the butterfly didn’t take flight. Later, the butterfly grew extremely weak and died. The young boy, with tears in his eyes went back to the beggar and asked what had happened. The beggar explained to the boy “In order for the butterfly to grow strong enough to live and take flight, it is necessary that he beat his wings against the walls of his cocoon. Only by this struggle can his wings become beautiful and durable to withstand the winds of life and to take flight. When you denied him that struggle, you took away from him his only chance of survival.”
What a powerful story!
The story of the boy and the butterfly may speak to us on a variety of levels. Are you someone who has gone through the “valley” more times than you care to remember? Do you question why you have had to go through the struggles that you’ve faced in life? If so, realize that what you might have seen as a struggle and “setback” might have actually been a blessing and “set up” to all that is awaiting you!
On the other hand, are you someone who “does it all” for others? Of course no one wants to see the ones they love struggle; however if you make things too easy for them every time they have a hurdle in their way, then you’re unconsciously denying them the opportunity (like you and I had) to learn through those experiences and to build the internal strength to become the beautiful person they were created to be!
My prayer for you is this:
May the walls of your cocoon be just thick enough to allow you to struggle, and last just long enough for you to emerge as the beautiful person that God created you to be!
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