The Cocoon

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
November 25, 2011

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, and he brought it home. One day, a small opening appeared in the cocoon.

The man sat and watched the cocoon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no farther.

The man decided to help the butterfly in its struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon…

and the butterfly emerged easily.

As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge, and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would contract, and the butterfly would be able to fly…

but neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required for the butterfly to be able to fly.

The butterfly must push its way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening can the butterfly’s wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If our Higher Power allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been… and we could never fly!

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9 comments
  1. Ahem . . .

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless Droid

  2. “Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If our Higher Power allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been… and we could never fly!” So very true! Thanks for sharing, Kenny T! Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving week. May God continue to shower you with His blessings. 🙂 Dave

  3. A beautiful story. I truly believe that nothing worth fighting for in life comes without struggle and sacrifice, and the internal battleground occurs within the garden of our own heart. It’s the struggles and sacrifices we endure in life and more importantly the dignity with which we bear them that shows us for who we are and more importantly what we believe in. The most beautiful and pure act of love in the history of mankind was manifested through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
    Luke 9:23
    23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    • Amen.

      Thank you taking the time to leave this wonderful comment!!!

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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