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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 shrivelled 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.

This week, may God show you that your struggle is your path to strength. May you overcome your obstacles, beat your wings and may you learn to fly.


A butterfly went out at noonimage
And waltzed above a stream,
Then stepped straight through the firmament
And rested on a beam;

The butterfly then bore away
Upon a shining sea,—
Though never yet, in any port,
Its coming mentioned be.

If spoken by the distant bird,
If met in ether sea
By frigate or by merchantman,
Report was not to me.

– Emily Dickenson

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I will dwell in Your shelter
I will rest in Your shadow.
You are my refuge and my fortress,
You are my God, in whom I trust.
Surely You will save me
Your angels will cover me with their feathers,
And under their wings I will find refuge.
You are my God, in whom I trust

For You have commanded Your angels concerning me
To guard me through all my days
They will watch over me
You are my God, in whom I trust

Because You love me, You will rescue me
You will protect me and deliver me
Because you overcame
I am an overcomer



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Once upon a time I worked as an auditor in the education sector.  It was my job to audit training organisations against the standards set by government.  I used to ask people to provide evidence.  They would usually respond with, ‘Don’t you trust me, all the paperwork is in order’.  My reply to them was always the same, “In God we trust, everyone else has to bring evidence”. 

That was about as funny as it got working as an auditor for the government.  In most cases if the client couldn’t provide evidence, then there was something out-of-order or missing.

It got me thinking.  If God was to give us an audit of how much we put our faith and trust in him, how much evidence could we provide?  Really? If I had to go to court and was on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?  God’s message is simple.  Two words, trust and obedience.  As the old hymn goes:

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
~ John H. Sammis, 1846-1919,  Daniel B. Towner, 1850-1919

So what about you?  Where are you at with trusting God?  What areas do you need to entrust to God?  How much evidence is on your  ‘trust and obey’ file? Here’s some words on trust, fear and obedience:

In God We Trust

Trust in me
I will be your guide
Along the winding road of life

Trust in me
Feel your fears
Then give them to me in a box

Trust in me
I have your box
No you can’t have it back

Trust in me
Just be obedient
You are part of a bigger plan

Trust in me
Seek not to understand
Choose me, trust my way
I will direct your steps

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