If you’ve ever seen a butterfly up close you’ll probably agree that it is one of the most beautiful species on the planet. The colors appear to be saturated even more than the iPad’s retina display could reproduce. The truth is in order to gain the beauty we recognize, they have to go through quite a struggle. If you’ve ever seen the size of the hole in a cocoon and the size of the butterfly once it emerges, it’s easy to visualize why it’s a struggle.
We can learn a lot from the struggle of a butterfly. The stress placed onto the wings injects fluid into them. That fluid allows the wings to develop enough strength to hold the butterfly up in flight. God has plan for the butterfly, but it needs to struggle in order to fulfill that plan. Much is the same with our own lives. Even when we can’t understand why we might struggle with unimaginable circumstances, God has a plan and He is always good.
If we helped the butterfly out of the cocoon removing it from the struggle, its wings wouldn’t be strong enough to fly. God designed that struggle. Much like he designs our struggles.
Next time you are facing tough trials or circumstances, just remember the butterfly. God is all knowing, all powerful, and if you’re going through it, He has a reason for it. My favorite scripture to lean on during these times is this:
Formula of the Week
Struggles = a stronger you in the end
Question of the Week
What have you struggled with in the past that you didn’t understand at the time, but later you realized why you needed to go through it? Drop a comment and let us know.