You may have heard the story about the little boy who watched the butterfly struggle to get out of its cocoon. The little boy wanted to help, so he got some scissors and cut the cocoon so the butterfly could be free. Instead of fluttering away, however, the butterfly fell to the ground and died.
What the little boy didn’t realize is that when a butterfly is trying to come out of its cocoon, the only way he can strengthen his wings is by beating them against the cocoon. The struggle allows it to develop muscles so that when it finds freedom, it will have grown strong enough to fly. Interference actually prevented the butterfly from developing the muscles it would need to survive.
God uses things in the natural realm to display a picture of things in the spiritual realm. Like he uses the struggles of a butterfly to escape its cocoon, God also uses our hardships to prepare and strengthen us. When we crave comfort and escape our struggles prematurely, we forfeit strength. We prevent ourselves from developing the muscles we need to survive.
None of us like difficulties. It’s human nature to try everything in our power to escape. But when we escape our own cocoons before God is finished with us, we don’t fully develop.
Next time you encounter difficulties, ask God, “Is this something you are allowing to develop me?” If so, surrender. Let God complete the work He began in you! You’ll never be the same again.