Struggles happen to all

by pastortimfowler

Reading through the Bible you will find hope, peace, and encouragement. What you will also find is that even the best of God’s people go through struggles of their faith. Jesus said that in this life, we will have troubles, but to be of good cheer because He has overcome the things of this world. I find encouragement in those word, especially when I am going through struggles of my own.
It would be awesome if becoming a Christian meant that everything became easy. It would be amazing to have your life miraculously void of anything unpleasant or hard to deal with, but it would also eliminate the need for God to be your source of hope and your faith to have any strength.
Going through a major struggle can cause you to doubt God if you lose perspective. Faith is something that needs to be exercised in order to stay strong. Without struggles, faith can dwindle to the point of weakness and turning our need of God into depending on one’s self.
I once heard a great analogy that I want to share about struggles and their need in strengthening our faith.
A man was recovering from a long illness and while in the hospital, asked if he could have his bed moved closer to the window so that he could enjoy nature while recovering. So his bed was moved and to his delight he saw a caterpillar spinning its cocoon on the window sill. After days of watching it hang motionless in the window, he saw the silky oval began to move, ever so slightly. He watched for a while and saw the cocoon began to move even more and decided that he could help speed up the process and relieve the struggles of the soon to emerge butterfly, so he grabbed a pair of surgical scissors and gentle snipped open the cocoon to allow the butterfly to easily slide out. As soon as he made the incision, a beautiful yellow and black butterfly emerged. For hours, the man watched as the butterfly sat there moving its wings in an attempt fly away, but it never achieved flight. A few hours later a strong wind came and blew the butterfly off the window ledge and down to the walk below where it died. Because the cocoon was cut open, the butterfly never strengthened its wings enough to fly. It was the struggle to open the cocoon that made the wings strong enough to fly. Because there was no struggle, there was no strength and the butterfly died.
Easy is not always the answer. Faith is not meant to make things easy, it is meant to be strengthened so that we too may someday fly.


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