As Easter Sunday approaches, this is a time for resurrection and renewal around the globe. Renewal of people and their faith as well as a renewal of nature’s wonders outside. As I have been working in our gardens lately, I can’t help but be amazed at the miracles taking place. Tiny seeds planted in the dirt in the cold frame a month or so ago are now producing leaves of lettuce and red radish globes. Small salvia leaves are emerging even though they are (still) underneath large patches of sprawling chickweed. All types of birds are flying to and fro building their nests while singing their various tunes. Even multiple species of butterflies have already been seen drinking in the nectar from the early flowers. Just yesterday, in fact, I was able to capture several photos of two yellow and black Tiger Swallowtails on the lilac bush. (I had attempted this the day before and ended up killing the riding lawnmower I was on 😦 Look around. What miracles do you see?
In celebration of Spring and this season of renewal, I wanted to share an inspirational story I discovered on-line about a butterfly and the struggles of life. It is called The Butterfly Story and it is an analogy for all life… Please read through to the end to discover the true moral of this story.
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Life’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Remember nature needs no help, no interference. There are processes of life, things we all go through. The struggles are a part of our journey and are preparing us for what awaits.
They are preparing us to fly. -Author Unknown
Happy Spring and Easter everyone. Thanks for reading along. I hope this season helps to prepare you for your own flight.