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Suffering

Updated: Aug 9

We have had many trials this year more so this month of June - as i write this interesting story i recently came across that very much speaks into this season. It starts like this...   A man found a cocoon of an 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 casing.

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

The constricting cocoon and the struggle necessary to pass through the tiny opening is God's design of forcing fluid from the body into the wings. The "merciful" snip was, in reality a cruel handicap.

Sometimes the struggle is exactly what we need. When we think of struggle, we think of suffering; going through tough times. This is part of being a Christian and we need to realise that going through such times will bring us to full maturity. To understand suffering we first need to go back to the one who suffered the most for us as Christians; to understand what suffering really is - which is giving our entire life even unto death.



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