Are you up and “raring” to go today…or not?
Let me share a story my daughter, Becky, sent me a few days ago. It has given me much food for thought.
An adult daughter, having some real struggles, confessed to her mom, “I’m weary. I want to give up.”
Without a word, her mom led her to the kitchen. She put three pots of water on the stove to boil.
When they came to a quick boil, she placed some carrots in the first pot, some eggs in the second, and in the third one, some coffee beans.
Still, nothing said.
Twenty minutes later, she took the contents of each pot and put them into bowls.
The answer came, “The carrots got soft, the eggs hard, and the coffee became fragrant and changed the water.”
The mom asked, “Where are you here?”
“When the heat is on, do you become weak, no strength, like carrots? Or do you get hard in your heart like the eggs?”
“Or is it possible that in hot water, you, like the coffee, release flavor and fragrance?”
Adversity comes to all. How to handle it is our choice.
My mind goes to Joseph, who was thrown into a pit by his brothers.
From the pit to the time he became second in command in Egypt, adversity was his lot.
But wherever he found himself, his attitude changed the situation and added flavor and fragrance.
His story encourages each of us to choose the right course of action in every test. It is our choice!
Proverbs 24: 10 says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
A promise in Deuteronomy 33:25 says, “…as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”
Taking that literally means strength is there for the taking!
How are you handling your struggles? Are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee beans?
Think about it.