Some days are just perfect in our lives, but there are those days that if we could, we would do some major tweaking. I read something once that said if we always lived in a beautiful flower garden, we would never grow. My first thought was that I would sure enjoy living there, though.
I was going through a period of time when it seemed like everyone who approached my car from the rear must have been seeing a “HIT ME” sign. It was like everyone wanted to play real life bumper cars. I’m talking about this was a three-time occurrence. I really became a major rearview mirror user. I was on “Red Alert”, wondering when the next hit would be. I had allowed myself to get in that pattern of thinking. Was that type of thinking pleasing to God? No!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Was thinking about another bumper car involvement right thinking? No. A good prayer would have been to ask God to only allow fully alert drivers behind me at all times. (It probably would have been good to broaden the scope on that as well.) Here is a story I read on Facebook that I felt was worthy to include.
Carrots, Eggs or Coffee
(Which Are You?)
A young woman went to her grandma 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. She wanted to give up. She stated that she was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed when one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her grandmother went into the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first she placed carrots. In the second, she put eggs; in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.
In about 20 minutes, she turned the burners off. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Lastly, she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, 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. They had softened. 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 granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich flavor and smelled its wonderful aroma. She then asked, “What’s the point, Grandma?”
She explained that each object had faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently. The carrots went in strong, hard and unrelenting. But after being subjected to boiling water, they softened and came out 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 coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her.
When adversity knocks at your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Do you have a fluid spirit? After a death, a break up, a financial hardship or some other trial do you become hardened stiff? Does your shell look the same? But on the inside are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water --the very circumstances that bring it pain. When the water gets hot it releases the fragrant flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at the worst you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest around you and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level?
2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
In this walk on this earth, situations are going to arise that we really don’t want to come our direction. We would rather they just do a quick disappearing act. But in reality God uses things to make us grow. We don’t like it but, guess what? Father knows best. We don’t know all the whys. God doesn’t feel we need to and He is definitely a “know it all” in the truest sense. Hallelujah! He tells us He will never leave us or forsake us.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
Whatever boiling water event that comes your way, remain steadfast, immovable and trusting. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The key is to TRUST . . . trust God. Desire to be known as a truster – a truster in God.
Dianna O'Connor is a licensed minister through and member of Spirit Life Fellowship Church.