A man found a cocoon for 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 the little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress.  It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther.  Then the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon.  The butterfly then emerged easily.

Something was strange.  The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected 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 deformed wings.  It was never 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 small opening of the cocoon are 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 all our life without any obstacles, that would cripple us.  We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

Not only that, we could never fly.


~ by Author Unknown





  1. Steve Nicholas

    Thank you for sharing, Tara! I never realized that this was what happened with butterflies. It is true that we will have to have struggles in our life. After all, if we got everything we wanted, when we wanted, and didn’t have to do anything to get it, what kind of life would we lead?

    • Tara

      Yes, I agree Steve… life would be pretty boring, indeed 🙂

  2. Martyna Bizdra

    Tara, is it true from the biological point of view, that the butterfly needs to “force 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”?

    That would be amazing!

    Difficulties…do you know this quote” be careful, your reality is out of date”?- anonymous 🙂

    kindest wishes

    • Tara

      G’day Martyna 🙂 I’m not sure if it is…. you’ve got me thinking now! lol Haven’t heard of that quote… a good one! Very true 🙂

  3. Harsh

    That is the very point. Sometimes we should just leave the things like they are, instead of forcing upon choice over them. His Almighty has planned it all. And few things are destined.


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