CAN OUR STRUGGLES AND TRIALS BE ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL FOR US?
A little boy once saw a butterfly trying to struggle out of its cocoon. Feeling pity for the butterfly, he grabbed a pair of scissors and cut the cocoon open. Instead of flying away, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings.
For the butterfly, the struggle through the tiny opening of the cocoon was vital. It was supposed to push the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without that struggle, the butterfly would never be able to fly.
Similarly for us, struggles in life, though unpleasant, may not only be beneficial but crucial! This is because going through such a process “produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11). For it is in adversities that we trim off “waste” and develop “muscles” to grow stronger and be fit for God’s greater work.
At this time, many of us may be struggling through difficulties of some kind.
Be encouraged that your adverse circumstances may be working out God’s greater purpose for you. You may never know how much good God has meant for you as you persevere and trust fully in God through these struggles!
Rev. Ian Chew