A journey is more than movement toward a goal. It’s a life-changing experience. We arrive at the destination different than when we started.

How have we changed? How does this transformation happen?

On Mondays, for the next several weeks, I’d like to take a closer look at examples of things that have changed due to their circumstances.

Years ago, a story made it’s way through the Internet about a young woman complaining to her mother about how tough her life was. (I’ll paraphrase for the sake of time.) Her mother boiled three pots of water and added eggs, carrots or ground coffee beans to each pot. After a period of time, she took out the eggs and carrots and poured the coffee into a cup.

Object lesson time.

The egg had gone into the boiling water as a fragile shell around a wishy-washy inside. It came out looking the same from the outside but with a hard interior.

The carrot had gone in firm and crisp. It came out limp and weak.

The coffee had changed the water and filled the room with its rich aroma.

All three faced the same adversity – boiling water. The point of that story – and mine – is that we can choose to be changed by our circumstances. Or to change them.

Which have you been most like when facing hardship?

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5 thoughts on “Transformations

  • August 24, 2009 at 5:20 am

    >Oh, I wish I could say that I'm like the doffee filling the air around me with rich aroma. And I think once I gain perspective and time, God uses my hardships to bless others. But while I'm in those hardships, I feel more like the limp, weak carrot!

  • August 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    >I like to believe I'm coffee. I don't think I'm the egg…but I've known plenty of eggs in my time!

  • August 25, 2009 at 8:31 am

    >Hey, Candee! I nominated you for an award on my blog! Hope it makes you smile!

    By the way, I love this post! It's something I'm going to think of a lot the rest of the day! Have a great day!

  • August 25, 2009 at 8:48 am

    >Great story. I totally agree that we have to face our boiling waters and see how we are going to come out of it. :O)

  • August 25, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    >I've been thinking more about this story and realized that my own reaction depends on the situation.

    Mess with my parents or kids – I can be an egg-head Mama bear. Stress me out with financial worries and I'm a flimsy, limp (aka flimp) carrot. My personal health issues flare up – slow brewing coffee.

    The best percolating comes after time in the Word and a nap.

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