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  2. 2. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” ROMANS 8:18
  3. 3. I had kept the cocoon of a butterfly for nearly a year, when one day I noticed with excitement that the little insect was beginning to come out. The cocoon was very peculiar in its construction. There was just a very narrow opening left in the neck of the flask, through which the perfect butterfly would have to force its way. Such a small opening compared to the size of the imprisoned insect made me wonder how the exit could ever be accomplished at all!
  4. 4. I watched it patiently striving and struggling to get out. It never seemed to be able to get beyond a certain point, and at last my patience was exhausted. I thought that I was wiser and more compassionate than its Maker, and I resolved to give it a helping hand! With the point of my scissors I snipped the confining threads to make the exit just a little easier...
  5. 5. ... And lo! Immediately, and with perfect ease, out crawled my butterfly... dragging a huge swollen body and little shriveled wings! I eagerly waited to see the marvelous process of expansion in which the wings develop before one’s eyes. I longed to see them assume their due proportions and the creature to appear in all its perfect beauty. But I looked in vain!
  6. 6. My poor butterfly was never anything but a stunted abortion, crawling painfully through its brief life which it should have spent flying through the air on rainbow wings!
  7. 7. I learned later that the great labor and difficulty in passing through such a narrow opening is nature’s provision for forcing the juices into the vessels of the wings, which aren’t totally developed at the period of emerging from the chrysalis. My false tenderness had proved its ruin.
  8. 8. I now look back and think of it often, when watching with pitiful eyes those who are struggling with sorrow, suffering and distress; and feel tempted to cut short the discipline and give deliverance. I say to myself: “Shortsighted man! How do I know that one of these pangs or groans could be spared?”
  9. 9. I asked for Strength, And God gave me Difficulties to make me Strong. I asked for Wisdom, And God gave me Problems to Solve. I asked for prosperity And God gave me Intelligence and Muscles to work.
  10. 10. I asked for Courage... And God gave me Obstacles to Overcome. I asked for Love... And God put people with problems in my path for me to help.
  11. 11. I didn’t get exactly what I asked. But I received all that I needed!
  12. 12. We all need to experience challenges and difficulties in our lives. If God would allow us to live our lives without obstacles, we would be weak. And we could never gain the strength of character He needs us to have in order to succeed in life. We could never fly!
  13. 13. Our Father’s Love is too true to be weak. “There is always the hope of tomorrow to brighten the clouds of today. There is always a corner for turning no matter how weary the way. Just look ahead to tomorrow and trust that you’ll find waiting there, the sunlight that seemed to be hidden by yesterday’s clouds of despair”
  14. 14. Jesus is our very present help in trouble. If you haven’t yet accepted Him as your personal Savior, you can do it right now by praying this simple little prayer: “Dear Jesus, I need you in my life. Please come into my heart, forgive all of my sins & give me your free gift of eternal life. I commit my life and all of my cares to you . Help me to grow close to you so that I can be a blessing to others. Amen.” FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH OTHERS! For more PowerPoint messages visit: