There is a story of a butterfly, working its way out of the dark of its cocoon.
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 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
Often we go through a dark phase in our life. We may not be able to see our future or even believe a good one is ahead. We may feel ugly, stifled, unwanted. And it feels like such a struggle to break through and move out of the dark!
But you are no longer like the caterpillar, in darkness, hidden, wrapped up tight. You are being transformed into a beautiful creature, like the butterfly. It is your time to fly!!! God has a plan and purpose for your life. The struggle you have been through has made you stronger. And now God wants to shine His light on your next step toward fulfilling your dream and the destiny He created you to reach.
Just like every butterfly is beautiful, various colors and sizes and shapes, so . . are . . you!
We were made to be unique. God selected your colors and size and personality, your particular strengths and weaknesses. He created you in mind for a destiny that no one else could ever fulfill the same. Don’t envy others gifts- use what God placed in you. We are all gifted in different way and that is what we are to use to bless others and glorify God.
So embrace who you are and go ahead and fly!!!
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