Carrots, Eggs and Coffee Beans

Each day I receive an email devotional called "Standing Strong Through The Storm" written by Paul Estabrooks. Today's devotional tells the story of a young woman who seemed to be facing one problem after another. Have you ever felt like that? As soon as one problem is solved, another one pops up in it's place.There comes a point when you are simply tired and worn out.The woman did what we so often do when we reach this point. She tried to find someone to talk to and in this case, it was her mother.

Rather than offer platitudes or tell her to toughen up, this wise mother took out three pots and filled them with water. She put a carrots in the first pot, eggs in the second pot and coffee beans in the last pot. Then she set them on the stove and allowed them to boil for a while.

Finally, she removed the objects from the heat and asked her daughter to examine the finished products.The carrot had become soft, the egg, when the shell was removed,had become hard but the coffee beans had changed their surroundings.

When the heat gets turned up in your life, does it cause you to become weak and limp like the carrots? Does it cause you to harden like a hard-boiled egg or does the heat release your fragrance and flavor like a coffee bean, transforming your situation into something that glorifies God? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Blessings!

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

[quote]When the heat gets turned up in your life, does it cause you to become weak and limp like the carrots? Does it cause you to harden like a hard-boiled egg or does the heat release your fragrance and flavor like a coffee bean, transforming your situation into something that glorifies God? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?[/quote]
O this is just a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful analogy!

However, I have to honestly confess that... 'instead of being able to say/write that when the heat gets turned up in my own life it... always... causes me to release my "fragrance and flavor like a coffee bean,' ☕, I have to say/write that... on far too many occasions... [unfortunately] that it has caused me "to become weak and limp like the carrots", or "harden like a hard-boiled egg." ( )

Nonetheless, this is a remarkably poignant blog written with ingenious humor and spiritual wisdom. Thank you, K :princess: !

Blessings always,

Sarah Vm @godissogood ·
☕ Hmm. This is an excellent little thought. I wish I could say I've "bean" the coffee more often than I have. I was an egg for a while, but it was too difficult putting on a brave face. So ... mostly I'm a mushy carrot these days. Groan. Thank you K for calling this to our attention! Thank you, Lord, for forgiving our shortcomings.
Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

Thanks K :princess: for sharing this -I so agree -it is well worth sharing.
I so enjoyed reading it. Had to laugh at myself though. Seems I need to be more of a coffee bean - I don't even drink coffee.

Blessings
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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

wonderful :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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