The Chrysallis

So often we find Christianity viewed as something for people who are weak. Yet, anyone who is a Christian will tell you that one of the hardest things is to remain truly walking the narrow path of God. God’s word tells us in James 1:2 – 4 this,
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Trials may be a part of testing but it sure isn’t any fun. In fact, sometimes it seems to difficult that we want to give up. We become discouraged and wonder where God is.
Have you ever felt abandoned by God while going through something? Have you undergone trials that seemed so great you didn’t know if you would make it out alive?
Let me assure you that God is there. He is always near.
I recently read a story about a man who found a cocoon. He set the cocoon on a shelf in his room and waited for it to hatch. After many days, nothing had happened and he began to get impatient. He took a razor blade and slit the cocoon slightly. Sure enough, within a few minutes, out came a beautiful butterfly. It spread it’s gorgeous wings and the man waited for it to fly into the air. Sadly, the butterfly wandered to the edge of the shelf then fell onto the floor. It couldn’t fly. The man asked an entomologist why the butterfly had been unable to fly. The insect expert explained that when the man slit the cocoon, he deprived the butterfly of the very struggle it had needed to build the strength to fly.
God never leaves us. He does, however, allow us to struggle through things to grow stronger. Just like the butterfly, we need that struggle to strengthen our wings in order to fly. Whenever you feel life is overcoming you, remember you are in the cocoon. The struggles are strengthening your wings, so that when the time is right, you will spread your beautiful wings and fly.