The Butterfly Lesson

  • March 16, 2017
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A third grader named Donna was observing the life cycle of butterflies. When the day arrived for the butterflies to emerge...

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. A third grader named Donna was observing the life cycle of butterflies. When the day arrived for the butterflies to emerge from their cocoon, the class gathered around the small-netted cage to watch. One butterfly was straining and struggling against its casing and it hurt Donna to see how difficult it was for him to break free. She asked her teacher, “Can’t we just help this little guy? Tear his cocoon and help him go free?” But the teacher told Donna, “He wouldn’t be ready. By struggling, the butterfly pumps fluid into his wings so they expand. If we help him, he will not be able to fly.” That butterfly reminds me of James chapter 1 where we are told that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. So, if you are facing a trial, take heart. God wants you to be steadfast so that your faith in Him might not fail. So that… you can fly.

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