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The story of the butterfly

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 squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

So have a nice day and struggle a little and teach well.

Author Unknown

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73 thoughts on “The story of the butterfly

  1. Realy!
    The butterfly is an example for the proof of God’s power.
    Dear All,
    please think on this creature deeply then you’ll know that this world has a powerful owner called: ALLAH.

  2. i thought that the story was awesome and also the picture of the butterflies because it was sort of digital and all techno. No offence. that’s a compliment. it’s really cool. i love monarch butterflies, and the blue ones too.i thought maybe you could e- mail me and maybe tell me more about butterflies. they’ re so pretty! thanks, bye.

    Sincearly,
    becky smith

  3. butterfly is the most attractive creature ive seen… i love it… i compared my love story in the book entitled hopes for a flower…..
    its all about how does one become a butterfly?

  4. hello friend thanks 4 the beautyful message.every one have many problem in their live but after read your beautyful story they should thougt that the problem is equivalent 2 the cocoon.and they have to strugle as like the butterfly.plz mail me any thing more.
    Be happy and keep smiling.

  5. Thanks to the one who posted this, i have printed a copy of this for my baby…
    And the message is inspiring.
    God Bless Us all 🙂

  6. It is such a nice story to tell. Very inspiring!True indeed that we must face obstacles and trials in our lives to be more stronger and every problems we have have a corresponding solutions that teach us to face a new day and a new life with hopes in our hearts. God bless everyone and have a nice day:)

  7. It was the most beautiful message!
    Congratulations by the image too.
    This touched my very deep emotions, so I decided to make a song out of it.

    The text says the story’s from an unknown author, but I did not understand one of two things: the people who write this down choose not to identified himself, or it’s and old story, that none can tell who the author was?
    If the story was written by yourself, it would be ok for you, if I write a song based on it?

    Ps: Sorry for the bad english…I’m Portuguese! 🙂

  8. your story was really a superb booster …. i was really upset today but after i read this it really encouraged me to take obstacles in a positve way…… now i understood that every difficulty is makin us stronger n giving experienc day by day….. thank u ….this story really carries a reat message…

  9. Very true! I learned the lesson when I did what the man in the story did. Thought that I was helping, I was mistaken! The same is true when giving advice, let us remember that we only give advices when they are asked.

    Very inspiring story… Thank you for posting.

  10. That was a truely good story.I was looking for a picture for my user page when the butterfly picture came up when i wrote ‘butterfly picture’.I put it on my desktop background and read the story

    Thanks for the lovely story!

  11. That was a truely good story.I was looking for a picture for my user page when the butterfly picture came up when I wrote ‘butterfly picture’.I put it on my desktop background and read the story.It was a great story and helped little kids a lesson about butterflies.

    Thanks for the lovely story u wrote!

  12. This story is inspiring. The picture is cute.
    The story calls to mind the biblical injunction that we should ask, seek, and knock if we need anything from God. God is all-knowing and knows all that we need even before we realise we have such need. He also has all it takes to supply our needs abundantly but He wouldn’t do that until we request.
    Some difficulties are needful even though not palatable. May God’s grace sustain and see us through such moments and give us reason to look back and rejoice over the situation.
    Difficulties are life’s examinations. They are sine-qua-non for promotion.

    Thanks for the story.

    Best regards.
    Famous.

  13. I just wanted to say of how much you said will give little, young kids a valuable lesson.I have to admit that’s its a great story.And, I’m sorry but I am going to get another desktop page because I have been having this picture for about 5 months.Time to move on to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or cute, fuzzy animals!

  14. WE ADMIRE IT BECAUSE THERE IS A GREAT AND INTELLIGENCE DESIGNER SOME WHERE THAT SURPASS HUMAN KNOWLEDGE, WE THANK JEHOVAH

  15. What the man in his kindness
    and haste did not understand:
    The restricting cocoon and the struggle
    required by the butterfly to get through the opening
    was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
    into the wings so that it would be ready

    for flight once that was achieved.

  16. inspiring story… it keeps on inspiring people 🙂

    and, i hope that ScDaymon was able to write his song

  17. I really love the story… I like and I agree with the idea of the author… I had that idea in my mind too that is why I relate my life to a butterfly… In fact, other friends of mine sometimes call me butterfly…

  18. I love the story. I do agree with the idea of the unknown author. I even have that idea in my mind too thats why I compare myself/ my life to a butterfly… And sometimes some of my friends calls me butterfly.

    ->Unknown author: Aja! Keep on inspiring people… 🙂 God bless u…

  19. Oh! This is wonderful. I luv the and its really touching. Infact am using this as a vivid illustration in my book title “MADE FOR THE TOP” IT focus on challenges. God bless u for this great story. And bless u all.

  20. Oh! This is wonderful. I luv it. its really touching. Infact am using this as a vivid illustration in my book: title “MADE FOR THE TOP” IT focus on challenges. God bless u for this great story. And bless u all.

  21. wow its given me a great message.
    Thanks for a great story.I love this kind of stories.
    I posted this story to my friends.I am going to start reading a lot of stories
    like this.I like trying to type stories like this.Well done to this topic.Thanks for
    a butterfly story.I love a baby butterfly.

  22. I really love the Butterfly Story, it had such a powerful message for those who really hear it’s message with their heart. The thought that comes to mind is, ” But for the grace of God go I.”

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