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. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and 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 do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she 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 same adversity-boiling water, but 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. 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?”

Some individuals are like carrots that seem strong, but with pain and adversity, wilted and became soft and lost strength. Some, like eggs start with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat. It has a fluid spirit, but after under trials became hardened and stiff, the shell looks the same, but the inside became bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart.

Some people are like a coffee bean, changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings trials and challenges. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the circumstances around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are the greatest, do you elevate to another level?  How do you handle adversity? ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?

I prefer, “Don’t tell GOD how big the storm is, tell the storm how big our GOD is!”