Struggles In Our Lives
A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he 
could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. 

On the day a small opening  appeared, he sat and watched the moth for 
several hours as the moth 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 farther. It just seemed to be 

Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair 
of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. 

The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled 
wings. The man continued to watch the moth 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 little moth 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 moth to get through the tiny opening were 
God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that 
it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. 

Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth 
of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health. 

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us 
to go through our life without any obstacles, He would cripple us. We would 
not be as strong as what we could have been. 

How true this is!  How many times have we wanted to take the quick way out 
of struggles and difficulties, to take those scissors and snip off the 
remaining bits in an attempt to be free.  We need to remember that our 
loving Father will never give us more than we can bear and through our 
trials and struggles we are strengthened as gold is refined in the fire. 

May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, 
spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have." 

Don't focus on the things you DON'T have, enjoy each moment of every day God 
has given you, and know you are blessed by those things you do have. 

The End 


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