The Cocoon

One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon; a man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seems to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could not go any further. So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.But it had a withered body, it was tiny and shrivelled wings.The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s body, and become firm. Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and his goodwill did not understand was the the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were God’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 life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. Never been able to fly.


2 thoughts on “The Cocoon

  1. Hello,
    Beautiful story.. how true!

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Take care,

    Hi Farhana, nice to know you like the story. Most life’s lessons are taught by nature. And once in a while someone like you comes in and opens up a whole new world with your own kind of blog. Thanks for sharing it too.

    May peace be with you at all times.

  2. Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,

    I like this piece very much. Shared it with my post-graduate students who are struggling with their thesis writing…

    Thank you very much!


    Wa’alaikum salaam, Puan.
    ‘Cocoon’ is one of my top clicks, so it’s not a surprise you like it too. Hope your students all motivated by the story.


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