When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Carrot, An Egg, and a Coffee Bean

The Man in the Coffee Beans
The "illusion" is that this is just a picture of coffee beans; but it is not. Can you find a man's face among the beans? Some say that if you find the man in 3 seconds or less, the right half of your brain may be more well developed than most.
PS: This is not a trick. A man's face is really hidden among the beans.

In thinking about what I wanted to write today, I remembered a story that I heard recently.  It reminds me of the things that I want in my life.  The lesson in the story helps me to determine just what I want to become.   

Are You a Carrot, An Egg, or a Coffee Bean?
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 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 do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She 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 does it mean, 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?"
And so I think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong and firm in the gospel, 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 heartache 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 that actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the trial comes and the water gets hot, does it release within me 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 become a better person?  Do you change the situation?  
How do you handle Adversity? Are you a Carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? 


  1. Oh Patty! Thank you, thank you for sharing this! This is excellent! I have a friend in need of comfort for her trials today and this is just what I would want to share with her.

    I have never heard this before, but it is so true and so wise. I love wise advice. :)

  2. I'm sure trying hard to be the coffee bean right now. And I spotted the face pretty quickly. Kinda creepy. :)