Sloth and Butterfly
The other day someone sent me a video of a sloth “crossing the road”. I have never seen a sloth in my life and really surprised by how slow it moves. In the video the animal appeared to the curious onlookers that it was trying to go the other side of the road. And finally a man, wanting to help, grabbed it by the neck and carried it across. After all he was being helpful, or was he?
The video reminds me of this story :
A young boy watched a butterfly struggled painfully to break out of the cocoon, and out of pity he wanted to help and speed up the process so he used a pair of scissors to cut the cocoon open. The butterfly then immediately emerged the cocoon with ease, but instead of being a beautiful creature, this butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled up wings. The butterfly could not fly and instead crawl around the branch, and eventually died prematurely. The little boy thought he was being compassionate by giving this struggling caterpillar a helping hand, but little did he know that it is nature’s law that the butterfly had to struggle. For during that painful process of pushing its body out of the cocoon, the butterfly would flush the fluid out of its body into his wings to make them strong for flight. Without this step in its life cycle, the butterfly could never ever fly. Sadly, the boy’s good intention ultimately caused the demise of the butterfly.
The stories of the sloth and the butterfly teach us an important truth, even with the best intention we can so easily do the wrong thing. In this case, what seems to be painful in one’s perspective is necessary for growth and strength for the other. Similarly, God allows struggles in our lives for His own intended purpose, and it is not for us to second guess Him. This teaches us that we need to be careful when we try to help others, sometimes it is better to ask first.