Today in our school's daily news there was a neat little story that I would like to share with you all. It blessed my heart.
Along a dusty road in India there sat a beggar who sold cocoons. A young boy watched him day after day, and the beggar finally beckoned to him, ‘Do you know what beauty lies within this ugly chrysalis? I will give you one so that you might see for yourself. But you must be careful not to handle the cocoon until the butterfly comes out.' The boy was enchanted with his gift and hurried home to await the butterfly. He laid the cocoon on the floor and became aware of a curious thing. The butterfly was beating its fragile wings against the hard wall of the chrysalis until it appeared it would surely perish before it could break the unyielding prison. Wanting only to help, the boy swiftly pried the cocoon open. Out flopped a wet, brown, ugly thing which quickly died. When the beggar discovered what had happened, he explained to the boy, ‘In order for the butterfly's wings to grow strong enough to support him, it is necessary that he beat them against the walls of his cocoon. Only by this struggle can his wings become beautiful and durable. When you denied him that struggle, you took away from him his only chance for survival.'
May the walls of your cocoon be just thick enough to allow you to struggle just long enough to emerge the beautiful person we already know you to be.
Aren't we blessed to have a Lord that will allow us to "beat our wings" in this life and doesn't "make things easy" like the boy did? Amazing how such a simple story can teach us volumes with a little help from our God.
The next week and a half will be interesting. My brother Chris and my friend John have something planned for my bachelor party this coming weekend then the following Monday my parents, grandparents, and aunt arrive in Vienna! 5 days later I am getting married to the most wonderful woman in the world. Life is really hectic, but a joy to live. Praise the Lord for He is good. Blessings ya'll! :)