To each his own. To me my own.

Blue Skies and Butterflies

I ran across this story while browsing yesterday, and found it more than worthy of reposting.

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 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 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 shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in both 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.

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!

~Author Unknown

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!


4 responses

  1. Beautiful post, Bonnie, and full of truth. The poem at the end is inspiring and also full of truth. God in His wisdom knows how to bless us. Blessings to you from Him…

    October 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    • Bonnie

      Thanks Carol Ann, and I’m appalled that I just now noticed this comment since Sweet Dreamer brought my attention back to it. I don’t know where my head was at that day. Blessings!

      October 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

  2. I am extremely fond of butterflies, finding them to be exquisite creatures. This entry reminded me why…
    It’s the struggles that shapes us as us. Thank you deciding to repost this wonderful piece.

    October 23, 2010 at 3:21 am

    • Bonnie

      I am too, Sweet Dreamer. Especially so since starting my new life over two years ago, when I felt like I somehow related with them and their ‘new beginnings’. Thanks for stopping by, and know that I’ve missed you!

      October 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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