1 Timothy 4:15 – Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. (NAS)

A biology teacher was teaching his students how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He told them that the butterfly would struggle to come out of the cocoon and warned that nobody should help the butterfly. Then he left. One boy who saw the butterfly struggling decided to help, but in the process, he broke the cocoon, and the butterfly did not have to struggle anymore. Shortly after, the butterfly died.

When the teacher returned, he explained to this student that by helping the butterfly, he had killed it, because it is the struggle to emerge out of the cocoon that will help develop and strengthen the butterfly’s wings. But, the boy had deprived the fly of this vital formative stage.

Some of us, like the caterpillar, have emerged out of our ‘cocoon’ before time. We have not been patient enough to allow God to complete His work in us; therefore, we sought for the help of man (Psalms 60:11). Imagine a ten-year-old boy getting married. Of course, the marriage would fail similar to how a baby can never gain admission into the University. This is because there is a process in everything and like the teacher that walked away, sometimes we may feel that God has left us, but definitely, He will not. He has given us the grace to evolve, and when we are fully mature, He allows us to emerge (Job 8:7).

Most marriages, businesses and ministries run into deep waters when they rise before their time. Let us not run ahead of God. Wait for His signal and go through the process as advised in today’s Bible reading. There is glory after the pain! (Habakkuk 2:2-3).


Hymn: As a Volunteer — W. S. Brown (1957)

1. Father, never allow me to take Your training as punishment. Please, help me endure the process.


1. Alone with God (Talk to Him)


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