When our problems seem overwhelming as we struggle through our daily life, one might consider the simple lesson of the butterfly. The butterfly starts out as a lonely caterpillar crawling around on its belly to find food. Soon the caterpillar makes a cocoon, transforming into a liquid that eventually will make a body. This body must work hard and long to break out of the cocoon, to become a beautiful butterfly soaring in the air.
One day a man saw a cocoon on the side of the tree. The body inside the cocoon was struggling to get out with little success. The man being tender hearted decided to help the poor butterfly trapped inside the cocoon. He took out his knife and split the cocoon so the butterfly could fly out. But to his amazement the winged body just fell to the ground, tried to move its wings a few times and lay there. Without working and struggling to get out of the cocoon the butterfly had not developed enough strength in its wings to fly.
So it is with Christians here on earth. The Lord lets us endure trials to strengthen our faith, to teach us to trust the Lord even when there seems to be no solution. Each time we struggle through our problems we gain strength by learning that Jesus is the only answer for all of our needs, for all of our problems. Until we finally have the strength to know that no matter what happens we will live for Christ, completely confident that His love will always take care of us.
Just like the butterfly, we as children of God will have come a long way through faith. From an ugly sinful being caught up in all the temptations Satan and this world throw at us; to beautiful person radiating out Christ’s love for all to see. Doing whatever Jesus would have us do, showing all the glory of His eternal grace, until our work here on earth is done. Then our Lord will tenderly say, “Well done you faithful brothers and sisters of mine,” and tenderly bring us to His glorious Kingdom in Heaven above.
*'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'
Rev 2:7 NASB+
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