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,
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 never was
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 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.
DANCING WITH GOD
When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the end
of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement
doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite
uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies
begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing
lightly in one direction or another.
It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance
takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and
gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw "G" I thought of
God, followed by "u" and "i". "God," "u" and "i" dance." God, you and I
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get
guidance about my life. Once again,
I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you
on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through
each season of your life.
changed my mourning into dancing…"
A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after
paying a visit, and said,
"Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other
Very quietly the doctor said, "I don't know."
"You don't know?" the man said. "You, a Christian man, do not
know what is on the other side?"
The doctor was holding the
handle of the door,
on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and
whining. As he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room
leaped on him with
an eager show of gladness. Turning to the
patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog?
He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was
inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and
the door opened, he sprang in without fear."
"I know little of what is on
the other side of
death," the doctor continued, "but I do know one thing: I
Master is there, and that is enough. And when the door opens,
shall pass through with no fear, but with gladness."