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Lesson Plans

a little pick-me-up after the daily grind

From: Aaron and Jennifer (THEGREEN99)
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 13:36:37 PDT

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    One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon, a man sat and watched
    for 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

    So the man decided 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=20
    any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the
    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=20
    once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

    Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God
    allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would
    cripple us.

    We would not be as strong as what we could have been.
    We could never fly.

    I asked for Strength.........
    And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

    I asked for Wisdom.........
    And God gave me Problems to solve.

    I asked for Prosperity.........
    And God gave me a Brain and Brawn to work.

    I asked for Courage.........
    And God gave me Danger to overcome.

    I asked for Love.........
    And God gave me Troubled people to help.

    I asked for Favors.........
    And God gave me Opportunities.

    I received nothing I wanted
    I received everything I needed


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