Well, I recently read a blog about god challenging us… the question “what is god challenging you about?” Well, that has stuck in my head!
How is god challenging me? Well, there is everyday life which has mini challenges, but I am talking HUGE challenges! I mean life altering ones… well, my immediate reaction to that question was change… not that change is my challenge but my reaction to change is my challenge. In bible study Liam said this story/moral thingy.. I may get this wrong but this is what I remember:
“Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn't know how she was going to make it.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her, he asked:
"Daughter, what do you see?"
"Potatoes, eggs, and coffee," she hastily replied.
"Father, what does this mean?" she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with a hard shell, making people believe it was tough, invincible, ect but really it was just soft and vulnerable inside. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
"Which one are you," he asked his daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. Which one am I? Which one are you? When problems come (as they will) how will we react?
Will they make us weak, hard hearted or will they cause us to change into something worthwhile?”
So that’s what was read out at bible study a few weeks ago, and now, I think about it, plus god challenge and I think, well, what am i? Am I accepting gods challenge and turning his change into something good? Or… am I just refusing everything, giving god a cold shoulder? How can I tell what’s god and what’s not? Hmm… so much to think about... what do you think? Let me know!