The Strength of the Butterfly

Butterflies are an amazing symbol of the good on this journey of healing. Perhaps the most obvious and often reffered to is it’s beauty.  They are also very frequently associated with old things becoming new again. Rarely are they referenced for their strength, seeming so delicate and fragile. To even experience life, a butterfly has a very difficult battle to emerge from the cocoon that encapsulates it while it matures. The struggle is long and seems quite agonizing. Scientists studied this process and learned that when, in human wisdom, we feel it would be helpful to cut the shell and ease their burden, we intervene in necessary development.


In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push it’s way through the tiny opening of the cocoon was designed by the Creator to force fluid out of it’s body and into it’s wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never fly.

Lesson: As I go through  life I must keep in mind, struggling is a common experience and an important part of  maturing. In fact, it is the struggle that causes me to develop my ability to fly. Avoiding difficulty could cause me to also miss my purpose.

Every fall, North American monarchs fly south to spend the winter at roosting sites. Monarchs are the only butterflies to make such a long, two-way migration, flying up to 3000 miles. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees. (How incredible is that?)  ~MonarchLab

It doesn’t appear there are muscles in the butterfly’s thin little wings and still they fly for days, struggling through all sorts of obstacles and hindrances because it is necessary for the survival of the species.

Lesson: Embracing God-given ability to fly, never give up just because the journey is a difficult one.

Along your journey, God will cause your story to evolve in such a way that others will marvel at the beauty, innocent of the pain that created it’s brilliance. Each new struggle is allowed by our omnipotent Father, and He will do the work to intensify the beauty you already possess. In turn your life will reflect God’s beauty onto others and the cycle will continue. Jesus will bring about the elegance in their stories as well.

Moral: By the power of His grace and the strength of His mercy, may we choose to spread our wings again, and on the breath of the Holy Spirit…take flight!!

2 Responses to "The Strength of the Butterfly"

  • This is beautiful! Thank you!

    1 Kate said this (December 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm) Reply

  • I love butterflies n it’s even my tag name and people wonder why

    2 Fafa Glover said this (January 30, 2017 at 8:19 am) Reply

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