Friday, May 23, 2008

Love and Butterfly

Photo by Cemedia

"What's the feeling of being inlove?" a child asked her mother.

"It's like going to a theme park and riding all the rides that you want!" the mom explained enthusiastically to her child.

The kid seemingly discouraged to her mom's explanation. "So it will make you dizzy and vomit?"

"No, no," the mom hesitantly answered with smile on her face seemingly to notice that her child was a bit confused. "It's like going to a candy store and having to eat all the sweets that you want!"

"So it will make your tooth hurt?" the child still confused.

"No, ok it's like running so fast with nothing boggling your mind," the mom having trouble describing love in a language the kid would understand.

"So it will bruise you, and leave a scar once you trip and fall?" the child remarked.

"Look at that kid, that child knows better," remarked her uncle who just passed by and overheard their conversation. "Isn't it funny that a child knows what adults usually ignore?" he exclaimed.

***
Well, at some point when we experienced love and heartbreak we do experience those things the kid said but well that is the balance of life I suppose. Glory is much sweeter to taste after overcoming all trials. Life is a constant struggle, imagine how life would be without having to experience a bit of hardship right? Just like this butterfly story :

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 its 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 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, in his kindness and haste, did not understand 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 its freedom from the cocoon.

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