by Dennis Marquardt

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Why God Moves Slowly (8 of 8)
Dennis Marquardt
Exodus 23:20-33; Judges 2:21-3:2

INTRO: A young boy found a cocoon outside one day while playing. He took it inside where his mother and father instructed him what it was. He was told how there was a life inside, one that at one time had been an ugly caterpillar. It was now being transformed into a beautiful butterfly. The boy was fascinated, and could hardly wait for the day when it would emerge. Finally the day came; he noticed a movement in the cocoon and noticed that a small hole was beginning to show in one end. He watched with anticipation as the young butterfly tried to emerge. For so long the struggle seemed to go on without any progress. The boy became impatient and decided to help the butterfly. He got a scissors and cut open a larger hole making it possible for the new butterfly to emerge quickly and easily. It was quite a sight, how colorful although quite wrinkled! The boy watched and watched, waiting to see this new life take flight and fly away to fulfill the purpose it was created for. However, with great disappointment he waited, for nothing happened. The new butterfly did not fly; instead it slowly withered and died! In talking to someone who knew much about butterflies he discovered what had gone wrong. In order for a butterfly to fly after emerging, they must have had to struggle through a tiny hole in order to force the liquids into the wings to make the wings fill out. The boy's efforts at speeding up this process by cutting the hole larger had caused this stage to be avoided, thus effectively ending the possibility that it would ever be able to fly and fulfill it's creative purpose. The desire to speed up the butterfly's deliverance only consigned it to certain death! Instead of helping it, he destroyed it! -- Source Unknown

God often does this with us also. He does not always deliver us quickly, because He knows that the proc ...

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