Don’t Rob Yourself of Struggle

    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 got as far as it could and it could go no farther.  Then, the man decided to help the butterfly, so 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 shrivelled 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 his life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings.  It was never 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. 
    Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been, and we could never fly.                Selected

    It takes real effort to get through this wilderness, this vale of tears, which is what our world is.  We are not worldly beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a worldly experience. This world is not our home. We are just passing through on our way to our true home in heaven.

    Listen to God’s Word in 2 Corinthians the 4th chapter beginning with verse 16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  Now we know that if the earthly  tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, and eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”    NIV

    It is no wonder that Jesus said, “We live by faith, not by sight.”  2 Corinthians 5:7  NIV
His promises, through His Word in the Bible, are what keeps us keeping on.  Hope, based on God’s Word, is the anchor of the soul.  The best thing I can say to you in the midst of your struggle is: Draw nearer to Jesus for He can turn darkness into light.  Jesus can turn sorrow into joy. But, most all, Jesus, and only Jesus, can turn death into life.  Don’t give up, don’t quit, don’t rob yourself of struggle.  

5 Responses to “Don’t Rob Yourself of Struggle”

  1. Max, I can only pray that someday I will reach your spiritial plane. Your both in our prayers. Love,Pat and Bren

  2. Max & Jo, we think of you daily & keep both of you in our prayer. You two are awesome & such hard people to follow, but Don & I strive to be like you two. Take care and God be with you both on this journey…..

  3. Max,

    Thanks for the update. Our prayers are with all the family. Please let us know if we can do anything. Love you all.

  4. Max, thanks for the update. My prayers are for you, Jo and your family. If I can be of any help just call. I sure needed this devotion on struggle, my life is a struggle. Max, you and my Dad are the two most God like men I know and Jo and my Mom are the most God like women I know. I am still working at it. You and Jo are very special in my life, the best example ever. Love you and Jo and love to your family. Linda

  5. Grandpa,

    You are so wise it is amazing! Thank you for being you! I love you!

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