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Parable of the Butterfly

 
RaXz
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Parable of the Butterfly
A parable I learnt of about a decade ago and never forgotten it. I usually don't start threads but there are exceptions once in a while.

Parable of the Butterfly

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 could, and it could go no further.

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 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 lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives 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 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 ........And everything I needed!

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“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” -Albert Einstein

I believe in the power of imagination. I believe in the unexplained possibilities of the spirit. And I believe that the heart, like any other muscle, grows stiff if it is not exercised regularly. -Eve Zibart
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bump
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kinda creepy but it is right on
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kinda creepy but it is right on
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Well, I could post some Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft stories if you think of this as creepy. hf
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” -Albert Einstein

I believe in the power of imagination. I believe in the unexplained possibilities of the spirit. And I believe that the heart, like any other muscle, grows stiff if it is not exercised regularly. -Eve Zibart
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Very nice to see this again as the reminders are pertinent to everyone's lives. Thanks.hf
'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.' - Dr. Seuss
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being willing to assert, acknowledge, and declare exactly how you feel about a thing.
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and consistently. Change your truth easily and quickly when your experience brings
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kinda creepy but it is right on
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Well, I could post some Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft stories if you think of this as creepy. hf
 Quoting: RaXz


lol!!!
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Thank you for posting this OP....I recently lost my mom who loved butterflies. It's been tough lately, but this was like a message from her this morning.
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This is so cool OP!

A beautiful reminder of how God works everything.. even our struggles out for our good.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
I Corinthians 2:14

God doesn't choose favorites.. They choose HIM

It is not the greatness of my faith that moves mountains but my faith in the greatness of God
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Thank you for posting this OP....I recently lost my mom who loved butterflies. It's been tough lately, but this was like a message from her this morning.
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Aww.. so very sorry for your loss rose

A big warm hug for you hugs
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
I Corinthians 2:14

God doesn't choose favorites.. They choose HIM

It is not the greatness of my faith that moves mountains but my faith in the greatness of God
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True nature at it's finest. <3

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i know someone who never had to struggle. it did cripple him terribly. now he is totally unprepared for even the smallest rocking of his boat.
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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 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 ........And everything I needed!



What a wonderful post RaXz - thank you for the inspiration - it comes at the right time.

Yes 'everything I needed' hf


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gay
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Thank you :)
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Thank you for posting this OP....I recently lost my mom who loved butterflies. It's been tough lately, but this was like a message from her this morning.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 36387090


Same here AC, last August. She liked labyrinths and hummingbirds as well.

The symbolism of the three
Comes together easily
If one is able to picture, to see
That hummingbirds flap their wings
In a manner that seemingly
Could appear an infinity ring
That brings us back to be

red_heart


Nice thread, OP hf There's one among mine that you may like :)
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Thank you for posting this OP....I recently lost my mom who loved butterflies. It's been tough lately, but this was like a message from her this morning.
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My sincere condolences, I'm glad that this story gave you some comfort. My own mom is currently in chemo treatments and fighting for her life, and I lost my father not that long ago, I try to get the best out of such experience and see it as some sort of adventure, kinda sounds creepy but it's my way of dealing with tough times. hf

gay
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Yeah, it sure is, the world can sure use some gayness with all the doom and gloom going on, people tend to be more inclined to believe in nightmares than in fairytales. hf
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” -Albert Einstein

I believe in the power of imagination. I believe in the unexplained possibilities of the spirit. And I believe that the heart, like any other muscle, grows stiff if it is not exercised regularly. -Eve Zibart
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cutting the wings and shit got me but hey yay....GRIT IT OUT BROTHER! p.s. you can leave off lovecraft he was into this shit and not for right reasons hf
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MKULTRA-style story to get people to not assist others. Yes, struggle should happen, but assistance to others should not be overlooked when it is truly needed.

...stop being focused on becoming an individualistic perfect "butterfly".
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i was told by my grandmother when little a metephor about butterflies like fallows

catipillar- cacoon(does catipillar know outcome)- butterfly
human- death - ?????
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MKULTRA-style story to get people to not assist others. Yes, struggle should happen, but assistance to others should not be overlooked when it is truly needed.

...stop being focused on becoming an individualistic perfect "butterfly".
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Your a tool
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I have to say, in my younger years, I frequently prayed for strength, wisdom, etc. It did seem to bring more trials.

Today, I have learned my lesson...... not to ask for more troubles. I'm ready for some peace.

Retired in Georgia
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I have to say, in my younger years, I frequently prayed for strength, wisdom, etc. It did seem to bring more trials.

Today, I have learned my lesson...... not to ask for more troubles. I'm ready for some peace.

Retired in Georgia
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i hear ya...watch out for that false peace that comes first though
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MKULTRA-style story to get people to not assist others. Yes, struggle should happen, but assistance to others should not be overlooked when it is truly needed.

...stop being focused on becoming an individualistic perfect "butterfly".
 Quoting: Edmond Dantes 36666527


Yeah, it's all an insidious psy-ops. Who says that a psy-op is inherently evil? Psychology is reduced to chemical processes these days, even if psyche is another word for soul materialist made it more about the brain, medication comes in pills in moderntimes.

Besides, those real butterflies flying around with healthy wings contribute a lot to life, but closed-mind people only start to only see that when things start missing, ask the bees.
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” -Albert Einstein

I believe in the power of imagination. I believe in the unexplained possibilities of the spirit. And I believe that the heart, like any other muscle, grows stiff if it is not exercised regularly. -Eve Zibart
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And i asked the god of yours to fuck off and she fucked off.
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Very nice thread. We need to realize we are working on spirit progression and this takes alot of schooling.
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And i asked the god of yours to fuck off and she fucked off.
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What a droid, go suck a grenade.
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And i asked the god of yours to fuck off and she fucked off.
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What a droid, go suck a grenade.
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Great post OP!
Come And Take It!
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You will never get what you want from God unless he hates you, unless you want whats right.
Be ready to loose everything.
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MKULTRA-style story to get people to not assist others. Yes, struggle should happen, but assistance to others should not be overlooked when it is truly needed.

...stop being focused on becoming an individualistic perfect "butterfly".
 Quoting: Edmond Dantes 36666527


BAM....i love to be a learner....SLAM BANG...good on ya!

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