|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
several hours as the moth struggled to force its body through that
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
Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took
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,
moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support
which would contract in time.
In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around
swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the
his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting
and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening
God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings
it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the
Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving
of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed
to go through our life without any obstacles, He would cripple us.
not be as strong as what we could have been.
How true this is! How many times have we wanted to take the quick
of struggles and difficulties, to take those scissors and snip off
remaining bits in an attempt to be free. We need to remember
loving Father will never give us more than we can bear and through
trials and struggles we are strengthened as gold is refined in the
May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't
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
has given you, and know you are blessed by those things you do have.