Sunday, April 09, 2006

Just Accept It...

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth, and took it home so that he could watch the moth come out. As he watched, a small opening appeared as the moth struggled to force its body through that little hole. After several hours the moths progress stopped, it had gotten as far as it could, it appeared to be stuck. Then the man decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth 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. The moth spent the rest of its life crippled, crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of life.

We must all experience and learn from struggles in our own lives. For they are the means by which we learn to strengthen our wings that will carry us out into the world.

1 comment:

Sven said...

I've always loved that story.

I have a few other good quotes, or proverbs :)

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.
-Chinese Proverb

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
-Chinese Proverb

He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument.
-Chinese Proverb