The Butterfly

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"You guided my conception and formed me
in the womb. You clothed me with skin
and flesh, and you knit my bones and
sinews together. You gave me life and
showed me your unfailing love. My life
was preserved by your care."

Job 10:10-12 NLT

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"And yet, Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are our potter.
We are all formed by your hand."

Isaiah 64:8 NLT

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"We can rejoice, too, when we run into
problems and trials, for we know that they
are good for us---they help us learn to
endure. And endurance develops strength of
character in us, and character strengthens
our confident expectation of salvation.
And this expectation will not disappoint
us. For we know how dearly God loves us,
because He has given us the Holy Spirit to
fill our hearts with His love."

Romans 5:3-5 NLT

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"So I did as He told me and found the
potter working at his wheel. But the jar
he was making did not turn out as he had
hoped, so the potter squashed the jar
into a lump of clay and started again."

Jeremiah 18:3-4

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A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day a small opening
appeared, and he sat and watched the butterfly for several
hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as
if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther.
Then the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of
the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

Something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and
shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because
he expected 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 deformed
wings. It was never 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 small opening of the cocoon
are 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 all our life without any
obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as
strong as what we could have been.

Not only that. . . we could never fly.

~ Author Unknown ~

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"These trials are only to test your faith,
to show that it is strong and pure. It
is being tested as fire tests and purifies
gold---and your faith is far more precious
to God than mere gold. So if your faith
remains strong after being tried by fiery
trials, it will bring you much praise and
glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ
is revealed to the whole world."

1 Peter 1:7

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"Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble
comes your way, let it be an opportunity
for joy. For when your faith is tested, your
endurance has a chance to grow. So let it
grow, for when your endurance is fully
developed, you will be strong in character
and ready for anything."

James 1:2-4 NLT

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"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say
it again---rejoice! Don't worry about
anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank Him for
all He has done. If you do this, you will
experience God's peace, which is far more
wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus."

"For I can do everything with the help of
Christ who gives me the strength I need."

Philippians 4:4, 6-7, 13 NLT

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"And this same God who takes care of me
will supply all your needs from His glorious
riches, which have been given to us in Christ
Jesus. Now glory be to God our Father forever
and ever. Amen."

Philippians 4:19-20 NLT

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