May 08 Day 130
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3rd John 4
Struggling? Learn from a Curious Boy, an Old Wise Man and a Cocoon
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There was once a holy man who was sitting starring intently into what he was holding in the palm of his hand. A young boy who had passed by the man earlier in the day noticed the man still seated in the same place staring intently at what he was holding in his hand. Curious, like most boys his age, he approached the man to see what he was looking at…
The man was holding a butterfly cocoon. He told the boy that he was going to watch the miracle transformation of this cocoon into a butterfly…The boy’s interest heightened. Excitedly, He asked the man if he could have the cocoon. The holy man looked at the young boy with wisdom and said; “I will give you the cocoon under ‘one’ condition.” “Anything!” said the boy shouted.
The man told him, “when the cocoon starts to shake, and the butterfly struggles to get out, under NO circumstances are you to help it.” The boy agreed, took the cocoon and found a spot to sit and wait for this miracle of life.
After a short while, the cocoon started to move, then shake, it started to open, then the boy saw that the butterfly was struggling to get out… he panicked… and then helped the butterfly by opening part of the cocoon. This beautiful butterfly flew straight up into the sky….then… fell straight down onto the ground dead.
The boy picked up the butterfly, and ran back to where the man was still seated…In tears, he showed the man the dead butterfly… The man said, “You helped it didn’t you?”
The holy man explained to the young boy that the butterfly strengthened its wing through its struggle to get out of the cocoon. By helping it, its wings didn’t develop to be strong enough to survive.
I like this story. As parents, there will be hard times when we have to let our children struggle, so they can develop their own wings for when they go out and fly on their own in this world. Doesn’t the Lord do the same with us? He sees us in our struggles and probably wants to step in and help us when He sees us struggling. In times when you struggle in this life and there seems to be no end or reason for your struggle, remember the lesson the little boy in our story learned. By allowing you to struggle in your present situation the Lord may be developing and strengthening your wings for His purpose and to help carry you through this life.
Words to Think About…
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“From the time that, at my mother’s feet, or my father’s knee, I first learned to lisp verses from the sacred writings, they have been my daily study and vigilant contemplation. If there be any thing in my style or thoughts to be commended, the credit is due to my kind parents in instilling into my mind an early love of the Scriptures.” – Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Writer of Webster’s Dictionary
“The heart of the Gospel is that we must die with Christ in order to live with Him. And that means signing over to God our desires, our dreams, our hurts. All that we are, or will be.” – Keith Green (1953-1982) Christian Singer Song Writer
“When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through your whole life. When Jesus is you through your life, He brings you safely home.” – Corrie ten Boom (1903-1972) Nazi Holocaust Survivor, Writer