As I read this story this morning it gave my spirit such a huge dose of PEACE, JOY, and encouragement. I thought about the believers that lived in my neighborhood as well as for the new believers that are apart of Delta and I bible study on Wednesday nights. As Christians we are not exempt from pain and adversity from this sin ridden world. My prayer is that we all come to a joyous understanding of adversity. I pray that the little ones on my block produce proven character through all that they see and battle with behind the close doors of their homes.
And the story goes......
"One of the most fascinating events in nature is the emergence of the Cecropia moth from its cocoon- an event that occurs only wit much struggle on the part of the moth to free itself. The story is frequently told of someone who watched a moth go through this struggle. In an effort to help- and not realizing the necessity of the struggle- the viewer snipped the shell of the cocoon. Soon the moth came out with its wings all crimped and shriveled. But as the person watched, the wings remained weak. The moth, which in a few moments would have stretched those wings to fly, was now doomed to crawling out its brief life in frustration of ever being the beautiful creature God created it to be. What the person in the story did not realize was that the struggle to emerge from the cocoon was an essential part of developing the muscle system of the moth's body and pushing the body fluids out into the wings to expand them....The adversities of life are much like the cocoon of the Cecropia moth.
God uses them to develop the spiritual "muscle system" of our lives. We can be sure that the development of a beautiful Christlike character will not occur in our lives without adversity..."