Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Full story of the Egg, carrot and coffee bean

As I have been spending a lot of time sitting after what was supposed to be a simple toenail removal procedure....  NOT!   I went back into some of my blogs.  I shut a few down and updated some.  This was part of a sermon at church one day and is on the sidebar of my Photography blog. 



Full story of the Egg, carrot and coffee bean

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as when one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, "What does this mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity… boiling water. Each had reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, 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 in the boiling water, its insides became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After being in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?" 

~author unknown

 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

As the last year I have dealt with more depression than I have my whole life. The Empty nest season in my life was not suppose to be so lonely and unsettling.  I literally had friends that dropped me after daughter got married and still to this day can not wrap my self around that and figure it out.  I did everything right I sent thank yous and got stuff back to people very quickly.  But as I have been mentoring ladies through out the years that seasonal friends come and go and here is a new season.  Some of these friends need to go.  The Lord has since then blessed me with some amazing friends.  I looked over at my husband a few weeks ago and said, "You prayed again didn't you"  He said yes.  At that moment I know that my new friend was from husband and God.  I really am blessed and this season will be good.  One day at a time.   

~I always say keeping it real and transparent



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