A man found a small coccoon while out on his morning walk. “An interesting trinket,” he thought and he decided to bring it home and observe it. There was a small hole on one side and he saw what was to become a butterfly begin to push its way through. The process took hours but the man was insistent on watching it all. As the sun was getting ready to set, the butterfly became still. It looked as if it was stuck and could not push any further through the hole. The man waited and waited but the butterfly was perfectly still. He could not wait any longer and decided to help the butterfly by snipping a little piece of the coccoon, widening the hole to make it easier to come out. The butterfly looked peculiar, after emerging from the coccoon, he had a swollen body and tiny wings. The man waited for the wings to expand and display their beautiful colors but they never did.
The butterfly spent its entire life wobbling around, unable to fly. What the man didn’t know was that the struggle to emerge was essential for the butterfly to become what it was supposed to be. The struggle to emerge pushes the fluid from the body and into the wings, creating the capability for flight.
Our struggles are necessary for us to grow and become who we are supposed to be. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through life with no struggle, it would cripple us and we would never be able to fly.
Taken from Jaque Shank, The Struggle to Understand, Visionwriter’s International
I loved this story and it brought up not only my personal struggles when I have been the butterfly but also the times when I have been the kind man, trying to take the struggle away from another to “help” them. I especially thought of it as a parent because we never want to see our kids struggle but some struggles are essential for them to grow. Good food for thought…