All the thinking about coming out of the cocoon, the ruminating I did about it while going about the packing and toting of boxes yesterday led to pondering the other tidbit about the process of emergence. That’s going to be the topic of conversation over coffee this morning. The reason why we must break ourselves out, why it cannot be done for us.
We feel protected in our cocoons, and they serve the very important purpose of keeping us safe as we build our new ‘bodies’ out of the liquefied matter that was our former caterpillar incarnation. Our potential selves are encased inside and we cannot stay there forever. We must eventually emerge so that we can fly.
There is a popular story of a man who, while watching a butterfly struggle to force its body through a small hole in the cocoon, took a pair of scissors and freed the creature. He thought he was being helpful, but soon discovered he’d caused irreparable harm to the butterfly.
The insect did emerge easily, but had a swollen body and small, shriveled up wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly, expecting the wings to expand and the insect to fly off. Instead, that butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man did not understand the purpose God had for requiring the butterfly to struggle so to emerge from its cocoon: the effort needed to get its body through the tiny opening was God’s way of forcing fluid from the butterfly’s body into its wings, thus preparing it for flight.
Whatever your adversity at this time, just know that it is perfectly designed to give you your wings so you can fly.
The difficulties will make you stronger. The problems you overcome will develop your wisdom. The dangers you face will give you courage.
Together, we struggle. Together, we transcend. Together, we fly.
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