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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
force its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten
as far as it could, and it could go no further. So to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small,
shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly 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!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling
around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was 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 tiny opening were 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.

We all have to go through struggles and rough
times in our lives. How often do we want to
do things for our little ones, our family, and our
friends, so that they do not have to struggle and
be hurt?  Are we doing them a favor, or does
God intend for us to all have a few obstacles
in our lives to make us strong?  No matter what
we go through in our lives, God is always by 
our side, giving us encouragement and helping
us to grow and become the best that we can be.
Through this struggling, just as the butterfly, we
become just as God intended for us to be. . .

"Born Free"
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.
Happiness is like a butterfly
the more you chase it, the more it eludes you
but if you turn your attention to other things
it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.
I feared change, until I saw that
even the most beautiful butterfly
had to undergo a metamorphosis
before it could fly.

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"Love is Like a Butterfly"
Performed by Dolly Parton
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Butterfly
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