Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee...

I don't know who wrote this, but it was sent to me by a friend via email and I wanted to share it with you...

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 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 it mean?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water.

Each 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 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 her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at the worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?


p.s. - Several have asked for an update on the prayer request I submitted for our friends Mike and Amy Lee with regard to the cyst growing on their little baby girl who is currently in the womb. They will be going back to the doctor on August 6th for another ultrasound with the hope that the cyst is no longer there and there is no further concern for Down's Syndrome. I know they have appreciated your prayers for them... continue to be in prayer for this specific appointment date for them.


carleigh said...

love the story!! i've never heard it, it really makes you think!!

Anonymous said...


I know I have been all three of these things at different times of my life. You and your family are in my prayers daily.


Megan said...

Thank you for sharing this story. I have to admit that I have been all three. One thing I have tried not to do is bitter myself from life, instead better myself.
Will you hear from Boston today? We are praying all the time for you all. Have a great day and I hope your family enjoys this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I'm praying that we haven't heard from you in the past couple days because you've been enjoying yourself too much to stop and write. :)

Enjoy your weekend! I pray you get to spend some much needed family time at home.