Teacher's Ramblings

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Something to Share

The Anchoress and her family have been enduring one of life's sad challenges. I was there myself a little more than a year ago, it is so hard. My mom had been sick for at least 8 years, the last 3 were very bad, the last nearly unbearable. Funny thing, well not so funny, we have no regrets other than her suffering yet we now remember the laughter. . .


One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon, a man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force it's body through that little opening.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no further so the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened.

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of it's life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was 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 opening, were God's way of forcing the fluid from thebody of the butterfly into it's wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved it's freedom from the cocoon.

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 could never fly.

I asked for strength...And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom...And God gave me problems to solve.

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

I asked for Courage...And God gave me Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love...And God gave me Troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors...And God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted.I received everything I needed.


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