Friday, May 15, 2009

The Old Wicker Coal Basket

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The story is told of an old man who lived on a small farm in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading 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 quickly 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 before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster the 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 him 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 is 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 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 story: Take time to read a portion of God's Word each day; it will affect you for good.

--Author Unknown


Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love that story! And I love the verse. I always have loved the part about being as clean as snow! Enjoy your weekend!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

This story is not only beautiful but it is powerful too!

I hope you have a good weekend!


Angela said...

Moral of the story: Take time to read a portion of God's Word each day; it will affect you for good.
amen sis..thanks for sharing

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Guess what? At the ladies meeting where I spoke last night a teenage girl read this same story before I spoke. I thought that was so neat that I read it on your blog and heard it read at a meeting on the very same day!


The Whites said...

Hi there! I just found you through Lois. I loved this story - thanks for sharing.

I'm a Baptist homeschooling mom too, by the way!