I read the story of a little boy who while walking through a forest came upon a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. He sat and watched for several hours as the moth struggled to force its body through a little hole. It struggled and struggled and seemed to be having a very difficult time.
The little boy decided to make it easy for the butterfly, so he took out his pocket knife and cut a slit in the cocoon to allow the little butterfly to get out and help it to fly. When the butterfly appeared, it did not look like a regular butterfly for it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
“Everything will be okay in the end; If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.” -Unknown
The little boy was both upset and confused, so he ran and got his grandfather to come see the strange looking butterfly. He told his grandfather how he had tried to make it easy for the struggling butterfly by cutting a hole in the cocoon, and how the butterfly came out and wasn’t able to fly.
At this point, the wise grandfather took the boy by the hand and explained that when the moth is struggling to get through the tiny hole, it is really forcing the fluid from its body into its wings. For without the struggle, the wings could not get the necessary fluid to grow.
Isn’t that amazing?
To know that even the struggle that a butterfly go through during the process of metamorphosis is all part of its making and development. Its wings would never be formed and ready for flight without the pain and pressure. And I suppose without flight, the butterfly would probably not be able to parade the beauty that it’s known for nor would it be able to carry out its function of pollinating the flowers.
If I may ask, what struggles, fears or challenges are weighing you down causing you heartaches, depression, and pains?
See, I’ve come to learn that all things are working together for my good no matter how overwhelming and discouraging the situation may appear. I will not give up on myself nor will I give up trying to be my very best because the challenges are all working together in my favour. Instead of being downcast and feeling depressed, I’d rather encourage myself and know deep within me that I’m just work in progress. And I think you should do the same too. 😉
The moral of the butterfly story is simple; Without challenges, struggles, pains, difficulties, pressures, failures and heartaches, we would never grow or reach our fullest potentials.