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Sanity Training Tip #65

I was struggling to write a blog this week.  When I would start to write it was as if every idea that was hatched would fizzle out into a whole bunch of nothing.  I finally decided to walk away.  I even said this little prayer: “God, give me what to write about, when it is time to write about it.”

The day continued and I, of course, found other things with which to fill my writing time.  That is when Michelle came home from work.  She brought home a story that was shared with her, that had caused her think of me and the subject matter of my latest worship series.  As she read me the story, standing in our dining room, I knew that this was the reason why I hadn’t been able to write anything up to that point.  This story was the answer to my prayer.  It’s called “Are You a Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean?”

The moral of this story is your Sanity Training tip #65 – Change the water!

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She didn’t know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as if one problem would be solved, just in enough time for a new one to arise.

Her mother took her by the hand and led her into the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water.  In the first pot, she placed carrots.  In the second pot, she placed eggs.  And in the last pot she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  After a few minutes her mother turned off the burners.  She fished out the carrots and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled out the eggs and placed them in another bowl.  She then poured the coffee into a third bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see?”

“Carrots, eggs and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother then brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  The daughter did and noted that they were soft.  Her mother then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, the daughter observed the hard-boiled egg.  Finally, her mother asked her to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the exact same adversity – boiling water.  But 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 being through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.  The ground coffee beans were unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked the daughter.  “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a carrot, an egg or are you a coffee bean?”

Don’t allow you hard times to make you soft or hard.  Change the water!