Eggs, & Coffee Beans
Author Unknown ~
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, 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. The daughter
did and noted that they were 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, 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?"
Think of this: 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 a 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
If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get
better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the
darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another
do you handle Adversity?
YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?
Don't tell GOD how big your storm is.
the storm how big your GOD is!