The heart and the butterfly…


I absolutely love this necklace Daughter gave me for Mother’s Day. She gives beautiful jewelry because one of her jobs is working at the Piercing Pagoda at the mall. We looked at several different “Mom” pendants before settling on this one.  It was perfect with the pretty script,  the nice long chain, the heart and the butterfly.

Butterflies have kind of been a talisman for me in recovery.  At one of the first meetings that I really participated in, I saw a story in one of the grapevine magazines that they were giving out to newcomers. this story was not new to me, but it had always been inspiring.

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 gotten as far as it had and it could go no further.

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, shriveled 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 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 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. And we could never fly.

(author unknown)

I cling to this story when I get discouraged.  I know that God must have something great for me and that if I don’t give up my wings will unfurl and I will be able to take flight!


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