One day, a small opening appeared in a cocoon; a man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Then, it seems to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could not go any further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a withered body, it was tiny and shrivelled wings.

The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s body, and become firm.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’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. But by depriving it of that natural course of struggles, he had incapacitated the butterfly for life.

Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need. If we were allowed to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. We would never be able to fly.

I asked for strength…

but I was given difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom…

but I was given problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity…

but I was given a brain and brawn to work.

I asked for courage…..

but I was given obstacles to overcome.

I asked for love…

and I was given troubled people to help.

I asked for favours…

But I was given opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted…

But I got everything I needed.

Live life without fear; confront all obstacles knowing you can overcome them.

Meditation: Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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