This story relates to our troubles as we try to manipulate ourselves and sometimes God and usually everyone around us through it…. The Lord ssometimes chooses radical forms of perfection through our trials, trust Him with that! He is brave enough to walk through our trials with us; will we be brave enough to keep Him company as He goes forward?
You say, that you have been patient, well, ahem, evidently you need a little more ’cause you’re still whining about it.
“A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He
sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force it’s body through that little hole. 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 little 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 enlarge and expand to be able to support the body,
which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man did not realize in his kindness and haste was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved it’s fredom from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need for our life. If we went through life without obstacles, it would cripple us. We would never come to our full strength and fly.”
Matthew Henry said, “Extraordinary afflictions are not always punishment for extraordinary sins, but sometimes are the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.”
Take the ability in Jesus today to hold on just a little while longer.