Carrots, Eggs or Coffee Beans??

cofee-beans.jpgJust got this from a friend of mine, and thought I would share it. I would hope that, in my current situation, I am a coffee bean. At least I will try to be more like the coffee bean. Enjoy the read…

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 soon 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, mother?’

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?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain & 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 their 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?

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

So what are you???


6 Responses

  1. Great insight! It makes you think about every reaction we have in any given situatjion. I think I have been all of them at one point or another.. I might start to like coffee after that story!! Never give up!!

  2. Good stuff. LOVE the analogy. Honestly, on my own, I’m just a old pasty mushy carrot and a stinky hard boild egg. But Praise Abba, Jesus is our coffee bean! So, *cups held high* cheers to all who stand in Jesus name and claim His work in their lives! He changed me as He does all who want to be beans! Or… yeah. Something like that. *Sheepish grin*

    Steph, you and Sandi put out some seriously yummy smelling aroma. I smell it everytime I see Sandi (like this morning at Bible study) or whenever you two cross my mind. Still remembering you two in Him. Refusing to stop praying for you all.

  3. Greetings Stef!
    I Love a good cup of coffee and hope that like you, I’ll be like the fragrant little bean that when crushed changes the water into something wonderful.

    Keep holdong on to Jesus through the chemo and “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!” You remain in my heart and prayers Stef.

    Thank you for faithfully lifting up Christ and sharing your life with us through this season of your journey. May Gods abundant grace, hope, joy and every blessing be yours today!


  4. Beautiful! I never tire of reading … you have so much to say. I’m a coffee bean since I met the Lord. I began life as a carrot and then turned into an egg. What a transformation process.

  5. Thanks for sharing that story. I have heard it before but sometimes God needs to give you a refresher course! Thanks for the lesson- Jen

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