An elderly Christian lived in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his grandson. Early each morning the grandson observed his Grandpa sitting at the table reading from his Bible. One day the lad remarked, “Papa, I want to read the Bible like you, but I don’t understand it. What good is it to read a book that I don’t understand?”
The grandfather thought a few moments, and then picked up a filthy coal basket from the coal stove and handed it to the boy. “Take this down to the river, fill it with water and bring it back as full as you can.”
The boy did as he was told. However, it soon became apparent that the coal basket was not intended to hold water. Virtually every drop leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll need to move a faster next time,” and sent him back to the river to try again.
Although the boy trotted briskly on this occasion, he found that the basket was again empty by the time he returned to the house. Panting aloud, he told his grandfather, “It’s impossible to carry water in coal basket”. The old man suggested, “Perhaps you’re still not moving fast enough. Give it one more go.”
Although the grandson realized that it was hopeless, he determined to give it one last try. He again dipped the coal basket into the river, and then ran with it as fast as he could back to the house. By the time he reached his grandfather, the basket was empty. Frustrated and out of breath, he gasped, “Papa, this is pointless!”
“Pointless?, the old man replied. “Take a look at the basket.” As the boy did, he realized that it was different. Instead of being filthy with coal dust, it was relatively clean and shiny. “Son, that’s what happens when you keep reading your Bible. You might not understand everything you read, but if you keep after it, it will make a difference in your life.”
"…as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”(Isaiah 55:10-11).
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