The Cocoon



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 stuck.

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.