Monday, September 06, 2010


My daddy sent this to me & I just ran across it... I know there are so many out there with struggles... of all sizes - big or small, life altering, consistent, daily struggles... this is for you & I pray it will give you a bit of encouragement in whatever you are facing today...

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 had and it could go no further.

Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so 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 life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.

With each struggle we come across, may we become stronger & stronger...

Where we one day will be able to soar...

Soar with a testimony of strength & survival....

Knowing that God has a plan in it all....


  1. I love this reminder! THanks for sharing :-)

  2. Great post, thanks for the reminder!

    Hugs & love,

  3. Rebecca,
    What a BEAUTIFUL post!!! So much truth. I really needed this during this season in my life.
    You are the best friend.

    Love you ~~ Dawn

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this!! I needed to hear this so bad!! Thanks!

  5. Beautiful! That's what I always try to remember. No matter what I'm's all part of God's plan for my life. I find great comfort in knowing that, too!

  6. LOVE!

    My church sends teenagers to Chrysalis, a Christian retreat. The name is that of an emerging butterfly. So fitting...

  7. As you can tell I'm getting caught up, LOL!!! This is GREAT!!! :)

  8. I love this reminder! THanks for sharing :-)


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