One day, a small opening appeared on a chrysallis (butterflies make a chrysallis and moths make a cocoon);
a person sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Sometimes the struggle has a purpose.........
Then, it stopped and did not appear to be
making any  progress.



It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could
                                  and it could not go any further.



So the person decided to help the butterfly:

With a pair of scissors,
            the person opened the chrysallis.

                        The butterfly then emerged easily.


But it had a withered body,
                        it was tiny and had shrivelled wings.
The person continued to watch, expecting that,
                        at any moment,
                   the wings would open,
                     enlarge and expand,
        to be able to support the butterfly's body,
                      and become firm.


                     It never happened!


In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life
             crawling around with a withered body
                        and shrivelled wings.
                       

                                 It never was able to fly. . . .

What the person, in sincere kindness and  goodwill, did not understand was that the restricting chrysallis and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were the One'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 chrysallis.

              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 we could have been.


                          We would never be able to fly.

........................................


I asked for Strength...

                   And God gave me Difficulties to overcome
                                                    and to strengthen me.
I asked for Wisdom...

            And God gave me Problems to solve.



I asked for prosperity...

           And God gave me enough Brain and Brawn
                                                                        to work.
I asked for Courage...

                   And God gave me Obstacles
                                                     to overcome.


I asked for Love...

And God gave me Troubled people
                                     who were ready for help.


I asked for Favors...

                  And God gave me Opportunities.



                                I received
                                     nothing I wanted...








But I received
           everything
                      I needed.

Live life without fear,
          confront all obstacles,
                       be convinced that you can overcome them.
                                                    The World is a gift for you,
                                                                    so that you, too, may spread your wings


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The text on the page is an adaptation of a popular story about the emergence of butterflies.

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