Flight of the Butterfly

One day, man found a cocoon of a butterfly. Soon, a small opening appeared.

He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.  Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

ButterflySo the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, Neither happened!

In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. 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 by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.

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38 Responses to “Flight of the Butterfly”

  1. Shirley Jean, B.C. Canada says:

    How true this is, and how sad that this man who tried to help only made a short life difficult for this beautiful butterfly.

    I too am going through a very difficult time in my life at present after losing my job, and I have never been out of work in my entire life. This has been an enormous wake up call for me in regards to how I am handling it, and keeping my faith strong. I know I will be fine it takes time, patience and faith, alot of it.

  2. Mitch says:

    Now I feel very sad for that poor butterfly. Well not sad, but man yet again perpetuates his ignorance.

  3. HENRY R INE says:


  4. To achieve what you want in your life needs an extra ordinary spiritual faith in God,and an extra ordinary strenght and effort!!!!

  5. To achieve what we want in our life needs an extraordinary faith in God and an extraordinary strenght and effort!!!!

  6. Louise Lewis says:

    thank you for this inspiration message I injoyed it so much

  7. Pamela says:

    I do believe in this story. Last week I found out that my job said that I abandoned the job as I had surgery. My doctor put me off work now my job is hanging by a string. I just have top pray on it. The nexty two days will tell me if I no longer have a job.

  8. Glenda Senion says:

    Thank you for a beautiful lesson, one that we all can soar from.
    If only the butterfly could have waited for the hole to get bigger. Waiting and trusting God as we wait is crucial. As Christians, the struggle doesn’t belong to us, the battle belongs to the Lord.

    Secondly, there is a way that seems right to man but the end is not the plan God had for us if we choose to take what seems like the easy way out.
    Glenda Senion

  9. Rina says:

    I will send showers, showers of blessings, which will come just when they are needed.

    Ezekiel 34:26

  10. jojie says:

    Life is really amazing! Hardship is a spice of life that makes it worth living. When a door closes, another one opens. And so , we must keep and strenghten our faith in HIM, our Master.

  11. Mercedes says:

    Life is Precious. We must realize that through prayers,faith in the presence of loving God miracles still happens. Sometimes we cannot see with our senses is a wearing process that tears down our bodies,our life. TRUST AND HAVE FAITH IN GOD.

  12. Sandy says:

    It seems that this not only applies to our own lives but also to our parenting skills. It is so difficult to see our children struggle and all too often we decide to help or protect them from life’s struggles. But they too are like the butterfly–they must experence physical difficulties to develope their muscles. They must also experience loss, heartache and difficult challenges to develope strong personalities and character. We must learn to encourage our children as they crawl and struggle. Then we can rejoice when they Fly!!!!!!

  13. geri says:

    That really hits the heart. I loved the facts, which I didn’t know. I write childrens’ stories and they are always about bugs, especially butterflies. Great story.Great philosophy.

  14. Julia Smith says:

    This is a beautiful story. Thats why the good book says”Wait upon the
    Lord” for he knows what he is doing. He sees the big picture. I fight
    battles every day as I’m sure all of do, but with praying and being
    patient, God does come through in the end.

  15. jannu says:

    Life has many ups and downs ,,. but our duty is to do hard work at any cost. because HARD WORK IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS,,,,,,,,,,,,

  16. Whatever happens before God’s Plan is premature. My daily prayer has been that God grant me patience to wait for His time.

  17. Toji Pio says:

    Very helpfull, i didn`t pass my national exam this year, and i have doubt in HIM, then this article help me much, that if i want or dare to fly i must take this chance ( even hurt ) to make me a better person. I still have one year preparation again to do my best next year.

    Jesus help me through this time in You….

  18. Donna says:

    Today I was supporting a friend who is going through tough life challenges and I told her when I faced a similar time, I prayed for inspiration and it was quickly provided, I just needed to ask. As soon as I sent this message to her, this story appeared in my inbox and I quickly passed this teaching on to her. My faith has never been so strong as it is today and the support God sends on a daily basis shows that there is heaven on earth. For me, it is found in reaching out to my brothers and sisters from the heart. Blessings to you all.

  19. Christine says:

    I think the struggle DOES belong to us — as Christians — the Bible says “We must, through many tribulations, enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22) There was no resurrection without first the crucifiction, and it is the same for us. The struggle is to crucify our pride, our passions, and our will, pick up our cross, and follow the Lord. This will lead us to the kindgom. There is no “Easy Street” to the Kingdom. We must frist struggle, as the caterpillar, to become a beautiful butterfly, as the angels in heaven.

  20. regina says:

    tough times never last,,, but,tough people do..
    with every storm comes insight, and builds strength
    with character. attitude…keep laughing.
    they can take material things, but i still have my faith…never fails.

  21. Its a little surprising to read this inspirational story.Firstly because only last week butterflies inspired me to start writing my own blog, and secondly because I am currently going through the most testing period of my life both personally and professionally.past few weeks have been full of insufferable pain and grief.there was a time when i had lost all the hopes and even contemplated ending my life, i was at the threshold when my father rekindled my faith in the supreme power of God and made me realise that its the Blessed ones who are put through such tests by God.

    Today i know that God is right up there to take care of my life.I know that each moment of life is precious and worth living.All that we need is to spread our wings like the butterfly , since for us SKY IS THE ONLY LIMIT.

  22. Bea Mcleod says:

    A beautyiful story and it has helped me so much –tHANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU !

  23. sridhar pai says:

    trust and have faith in ownself will solve 90%of our problems but faith
    in self not ego because this is very important ego can take u to hell
    and self(GOD)will always take you to heven,hell is created by ego.
    surrender to GOD he will definately 100% will takecare.

  24. NIharika Rai Shekhar says:

    I like this :) Thank You !

  25. janet tibaldo madayag says:

    greeting from italy in the sweet name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. struggles is a part of our life here on earth but if you have true relationship with God you can call Him any time and He help you. God bless

  26. Bett Gold says:

    Truly there are instances in life that what we’re doing for other people doesn’t result to what we expect it to be. Yes, we may have valid reasons and good intention, but it ended up to their immaturity and misfortune. Sometimes we cannot afford ourselves to just watch and see them suffering, that is why we tend to offer our unsolicited advice for their growth and development.
    But we must have to learn also…that they must spread their wings like an eagle, they must have to stand on their own, discover their potentials and bear the consequence of their actions.
    To be a full blown butterfly is a process as well as to be a matured Christian. There are certain stages that we need to undergo and experience. It takes time……..in HIS time! Then possibly, we can be …. the best person GOD wants us to be.

  27. Ehris Ho says:

    I love the story, i love butterflies but felt sad about what had happened. Sometimes in this life, we do things that we thought might help someone but sometimes, it takes a wrong turn and create difficulties instead. Life is full of surprises, we may never know what comes next, what tomorrow will bring us, but the thought of having to breath for just another day is what makes life more worthwhile! All these in God’s time!

  28. Fred Mugambi says:

    This is a great lesson for me, I believe God wants us to grow up.

  29. mira says:

    very beautiful inspiration story for the struggle of life

  30. mavic says:

    life is not meaninful without struggle…we all need to experience the up and downs of life for us to be a better person. we need petience. thanks for this lesson of life…very beautiful! Godbless.

  31. Mary Ramo says:

    Thanks for such a beautiful message, reminds me of a statement my dad said….”More pressure added to a diamond, the brilliant it becomes”. Shalom and IMMANUEL!

  32. erlene says:

    ….there is a time for everything and there is a season and reason…..
    a wisdom we must be mindful of.

  33. A beautiful story and it has helped me so much……

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  35. Marianne says:

    It is an inspiring story.

  36. David Benjamin says:

    We can see it in lives today. The more we try to protect our children, the harder it is for them to cope with the problems that come along in their lives. I truly believe that they run from problems, in many ways, because they are not encouraged to learn from lifes struggles. The Lord taught me a valuable lessen some time ago. During a problem I was having, as the “Lord and I” worked through it, he told me, he allows us to suffer because he loves us. We need to go through these times of suffering and trials in order to grow and be able not only to survive but to grow and prosper and be able to help others in their times on need. His Son’s death was the ultimate proof of “HIS LOVE” for us, and to tell us he understand our suffering. I now live by those words He gave to me.

  37. Mark Marquita says:

    we all had a share of being affectionate and merciful to whom we liked. i dont see any evil in doing this. but it seemed these never enough until human being sourced out their affection from God. giving love and affection that is, necessitates a well discerned thing as to whether or not this only result to death or life and man’s capacity is never enough to this to determine except when God is in the center of himself. this goes with out saying that in expressing our love and affection is too dangerous with God to guide us.

  38. Melissa says:

    Who wrote this “Flight of the Butterfly” story please?


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