God has many ways of touching our lives and strengthening our faith.  It is in our struggle and suffering that we develop values. It is in our trials that we acquire the wisdom to make our life better.

Here is a story of a man who 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 gone as far as it could and it could go no farther.

The man decided to help the butterfly, so 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 was expecting 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 was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and goodwill 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 life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. If we look back in this journey we call life, it was during those trying times that God was preparing us for better life to come.

In every trial, we learn and we become better every time.  God gives us problems so that we must think, thinking makes us wiser, and wisdom makes life wonderful. God certainly touches our lives in many mysterious ways.

By Tim Pedrosa

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 a brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage…..
and God gave me obstacles 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...
But I received everything I needed.

Live life without fear, confront all
obstacles and know that you can
overcome them.

Author Unknown

Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.-Ralph Blum 
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body. Seneca