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.
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
God gave me difficulties
to make me strong.
asked for Wisdom...
God gave me problems to solve.
asked for prosperity...
God gave me a brain and brawn to work.
asked for Courage…..
God gave me obstacles to overcome.
asked for Love...
God gave me troubled people
asked for Favors...
God gave me Opportunities.
received nothing I wanted...
But I received everything I needed.
Live life without fear,
obstacles and know that you can
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is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that
lead to new beginnings.-Ralph Blum
strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.