Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Old Wicker Basket

The story is told
of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of
Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting
at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson
who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could..
One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book.
What good does reading the Bible do?'
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.'

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out be fore he could get back to the house.
The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will
have to move a little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.
This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker
basket was empty before he returned home.
Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was 'impossible to carry water in a basket,' and he went
to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water;
I want a basket of water. You can do this.
You're just not trying hard enough,'
and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all.
The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.
Out of breath, he said, 'See Papa, it's useless!'

'So you think it is useless?' the old man said.
'Look at the basket.'

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different.
Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible.
You might not understand or remember everything,
but when you read it, it will change you
from the inside out.'

Moral of the wicker basket story:
Take time to read a portion of God's word each day;
it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

Thought for Today:
God's Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings
but not its end.

I really like this story because I don't retain things too well
anymore...old age may have something to do with it but I just figure my brain just gets overloaded!
God isn't concerned about my brain anyway;
He's more concerned about my heart.


Missy said...

This is beautiful!

jojo said...

another great story Linda...where do you get these??

Kim said...

That is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it. We all need a little reminder once in awhile.

Linda said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving your kind comments.

Jojo, I usually get them via email, and I hate to forward to everyone, so I post them, and those who read the blog get to be blessed too.

Have a great day!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

maybe I'm brain dead but I do not see your follow button anywhere on your blog.

I see this - My Blog Followers but then there is nothing but empty space. I have refreshed and done it several times.

I may need to take a mental health day today!

Raquel's World said...

Came over from Peg's blog. Sweet story!

Linda said...

Well, MPorP
I just checked it, pushed "Follow" button, and it came up. I wonder what is wrong?

I guess I don't understand 'being tolerant of your kind." What have I said? What kind are you? Liberal? I have Liberal folks in my family. Atheist? We can work on that? Different lifestyle? We can agree to disagree.

Just come back.