This weekend I visited a friend of mine I have not seen in a while. I noticed that she seemed quite preoccupied. When I asked her what was bothering her she answered that she and her husband were facing a difficult decision. Neither of them knew what the best choice would be and none of the advice friends had given them made their decision any easier. What a relief it would be to them if only somebody could wave a magic wand and fix all their problems.
Their situation reminded me about a story I have heard some years ago.
A little boy was walking along and in the veld he found a cocoon, he picked it up and noticed that on the inside there was a butterfly struggling to come out. He immediately took out his pocket knife and cut the cocoon open. Very proud of himself, he helped the butterfly out and placed it on the nearest flower. However, instead of spreading its wings to fly off, it fluttered weakly for a few moments and then fell over and died. Dismayed the little boy ran home and told his father about the incident. The father explained to the little boy that the butterfly needed to struggle its own way out of the cocoon in order to grow its wings strong enough to survive. When the time was right, it would have emerged from the cocoon, delicate yet strong. This story struck a chord with me. So often, when we find ourselves in a difficult situation, we wait for somebody to come along and help us out. Some knight in shining