Are You A Coffee Bean?
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one pot he placed carrots, in the second pot he placed eggs, and the last pot he placed ground coffee beans.
He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he proceeded to turn off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to his daughter he asked. "Darling, what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. He brought her closer
and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and
noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and
break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled
egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee.
She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
She humbly asked, "What does it mean Father?" He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After enduring
the boiling water, they had changed the WATER.
"Which are you?" He asked his daughter. "
When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
How about you? Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were you a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a layoff have you become hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart?
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot water. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better. If you are like the bean when things are at their worst, you get better and make things better around you.
When people talk about you, do your praises to the Lord increase? When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, does your worship elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?
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