Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Emperor Moth

A man found a cocoon of the emperor moth and took it home to watch it emerge. One day a small opening appeared, and for several hours the moth struggled but couldn't seem to force its body past a certain point.

Deciding something was wrong, the man took scissors and snipped the remaining bit of cocoon. The moth emerged easily, its body large and swollen, the wings small and shriveled.

He expected that in a few hours the wings would spread out in their natural beauty, but they did not. Instead of developing into a creature free to fly, the moth spent its life dragging around a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The constricting cocoon and the struggle necessary to pass through the tiny opening are God's way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings. The "merciful" snip was, in reality, cruel. Sometimes the struggle is exactly what we need.

Beth Landers


At 2/02/2006, Blogger Mandy said...

Great illustration of how our struggles actually strengthen us!

At 2/03/2006, Blogger Kitty Cheng said...

Great analogy!

At 2/03/2006, Blogger Motivational Speaker who lives down by a river! said...

That was really good. That is so true. We have to go through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff. I'm learning that I'm still growing as an individual, and sometimes it's not pretty. I love that old song by DC Talk "I had to Learn the Hard Way"-I do that all the time. :)

At 2/03/2006, Blogger CJ said...

great metaphor for the human struggle! very profound.

thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of imagery with us.

At 2/05/2006, Blogger Fred said...

Good job, Mark. You put it together very nicely.

At 2/06/2006, Blogger audrey` said...

Yes, it's a very good illustration.


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