My friend, may I ask you a question? When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? In life, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens inside our hearts. Which one are you?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Holly and I were pruning some of the shrubbery here at Beech Springs. As we trimmed one bush it seemed dead and useless, dry and brittle looking and void of leaves. As I pulled one down to snap it off, I had a surprise. It wasn’t quite as dead as I had thought. I pulled and twisted, but right where the branch met the trunk of the bush, there was life. I was unable to snap the branch as I had intended, and now I would have to get a loppers to finish the job.
It's often surprising that life is like that as well. Life becomes dry and hard and we're convinced that things won't change.
Here's a story: Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn't know how she was going to make it. Her father took her to the kitchen and filled three pots with water, brought each to a boil, and placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third. The daughter waited impatiently, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he took the potatoes and eggs out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He then poured the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. "Daughter, what do you see?" "Potatoes, eggs, and coffee," she replied. "Look closer", he said. She did and noted that the potatoes were soft and found the egg hard-boiled. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. "Father, what does this mean?" she asked. He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new. (Author Unknown)
When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? In life, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens inside our hearts. Which one are you? Sometimes our lives seem so dry and brittle. Sometimes we feel parched for strength, peace, and understanding, and so brittle we could just snap and break! But Jesus is the "Living Water" and if we stay connected to Him we will receive spiritual living water and not wither up. Everybody knows that there will be days when life seems hard and we're about to break. You and I need to stop, take a breath and reflect for a moment. We all have choices; we can choose to become hardened and unloving, soft and vulnerable OR, just choose to become something even better. Which would you choose?
We pray. Father, please help us to find peace in Your presence irrespective of the buffeting of our minds, body, and spirit by the waves of life and misfortune. We believe that You will get us safely to the other side of the lake of life and and show us Your purpose for us. Help us in the middle of the ocean storms of life to invite You into our boat. Please forgive us for trying to get to the other side on our own strength, skill, and perseverance. If we could navigate the storm-tossed waters on our own, it would not be faith and we would have already made the journey. God we know that You will not permit us to be tested or tempted beyond our ability to bear. Thank You Lord that we are exactly where we need to be in Your tender care and protection! In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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