The Butterfly

  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 bodythrough 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 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, shriveled 

  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 shriveled wings.  It never 
was 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 
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 

  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 what we could have been. 
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 Prosperity......... And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.
  I asked for Courage......... And God gave me Danger 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........ I received everything I needed! Amen. Share this with those you care about. It may be just what they need to hear, at just the right time.