Sunday, January 17, 2016

No easy way

Cocoon of the Danaus plexippus plexippus (Wikimedia Commons photo) 

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

It is so easy to grow impatient and lose confidence in trusting our God-given abilities.

A story is told about a man who found a butterfly cocoon. It had one small opening in it, and he watched for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force itself through that tiny hole. When it seemed the tiny creature was exhausted and could push no further, the man decided to take some scissors and snip away the remaining bits of the cocoon to make it easier for the poor thing.

He was sure he had helped a lot, and watched eagerly for the wings to enlarge and expand so they could support the body. But that butterfly never was able to fly. In fact, it crawled around the rest of its life with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

What the man, with all his good intentions didn’t understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle of the butterfly to get through the tiny opening was God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the butterfly wing so it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Possibly the same is true for us … There is no “easy way”! We seem to go from one struggle to another in life, and wonder why and how we can carry on. We ask what more might be expected and wonder if we will have the strength to face anything more.

When we think of this butterfly story, we recognize that God has given us strength far beyond what we can ever appreciate. In the course of the struggle, our delicate wings are giving us the strength to lift us in surprising ways – and we are freed to be ourselves at our very best. God has made each of us to be unique and special.

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