"The Coal Basket"


The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of
eastern 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 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  before
 he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said,
 “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent back to the
 river with the basket to try again.


This time the boy ran faster, but again the 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 very far. 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 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. That is the work of God
in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly
transform us into the image of His son.”


I don't know who wrote this, if you do, please let me know so
I can give proper credit...I think it must have been someone
who love's our Lord very much to make such a
beautiful illustration....

Thank You Glenna For sharing this!



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