The Cecropia moth must exercise much struggle and endure much adversity to successfully transition from its cocoon to its new world of existence. Struggle and adversity of life have purpose and value. There is a great danger in an attempt to remove the struggle and adversity that naturally comes with life. The life of this moth illustrates this point that we may and should apply to our lives as we experience tribulation. The story is told about a person who was witnessing the struggle the moth was having within its cocoon and wishing to alleviate the hardship, cut the walls of the cocoon. When the moth came forth its wings were all crimped and weak. It was able only to crawl and therefore incapable of caring for itself. It shortly thereafter died. There is a deep value of struggle and adversity even if we do not understand the why.  

   We live with adversity and persevere by allowing our emotions to have an outlet if they need one. H.W. Beecher said, our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flower. This can be scary, facing adversity and expressing our emotions. Well, did Mark Twain say, courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear. Thus carry one day’s burden at a time. There are choices we could make when trouble comes our way; meeting them head-on is the best way, some struggles we can do nothing about head-on as they are beyond our control, we must be flexible to bend with circumstances until we may resume our usual normal lifestyle. Then there are problems which cannot be changed. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~Frances of Assisi 

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