One wouldn’t think there would be a lesson in the importance of struggle and God’s plan for us when looking at a beautiful butterfly. That’s just the thing – He surprises us with His wisdom at every turn…
A man found the 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 could and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly, 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 where 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. We could never fly. – Author Unknown
When I read this I saw what I have been doing with my friend Angel Face, the same as the man who wanted to help the butterfly. My intentions surly were the best for her but in reality I was hurting her. I have learned from my relationship with her, you see if you have not been reading my blog my friend who I named Angel Face is an addict.
And I have been using what I have experience with my past as an addict to try to help her break this cycle of addiction. What might work with one just might not work for another, it is not that easily done, in fact it is rather complicated and unique like she is and as we all are.
After all, no matter how much you love them, it is their battle and only they can win it. You can only encourage them and maybe at times hold their hand and support them morally, and let them know that this disease does not define them!