Life can be tough at times and it during these periods of hardship that we may wonder to ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?”, “Why am I suffering with this obstacle?”, “How can I get out of this negative situation?”
The struggles in our life aren’t always pretty, but many times they can help us to develop our strength of character, mind, and lifestyle. Without struggles, we will never grow and get stronger, so it’s important for us look at the undesirable situations that come our way and learn how to tackle challenges on our own, and not rely on help from others all the time.
The following illustration is a great example of this mind-thought…
Once upon a time, a man discovered a butterfly that was starting to hatch from its cocoon. Curious, he sat down and decided to watch the butterfly. Over the next few hours, he watched it as it struggled to force itself through a tiny hole. Then, it suddenly stopped making progress and looked like it was stuck.
After a short time, the man decided to help the butterfly escape from its captivity. He took a pair of scissors and cut off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged slowly and easily, even though it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man thought nothing of it, he sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge and support the butterfly. However, that never happened. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with small wings and a swollen body.
Despite the man’s kind heart, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small hole were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it was free.
We need to understand and remember that the problems that we sometimes face happen for our good. Just like fire strengthens a crucible, bad experiences and situations can strengthen a person’s will to become the best individual that they can be.