24th September 2017
An elderly man lived on a farm in the mountains of Kentucky with his grandson.
Each morning, Grandpa was up early reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like him, and tried to imitate his grandpa in any way he could.
One day the grandson asked... ‘Grandpa, 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?
Grandpa quietly turned from putting coal on 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, but all the water leaked out, before he got back home.
Grandpa laughed and said, ‘You’ll have to move a bit 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 got home. Out of breath, he told his Grandpa that it was ‘impossible to carry water in a basket,’ and he went to get a bucket instead.
‘I don’t want a bucket of water’ Grandpa said, ‘I want a basket of water. You can do this, you’re just not trying hard enough,’ and he watched at the doorway as his grandson went off to try again.
By now the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he’d got far. So, he scooped the water and ran fast, but on reaching Grandpa, the basket was empty again.
Out of breath he said, ‘You see grandpa, it’s useless!’
‘So, you think it’s useless, do you?’ Grandpa said. ‘Look at the basket!’
The boy looked at the basket and realised that the basket looked different. Instead of being a dirty old basket, it was clean!
‘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.’
Take time to read the Bible every day; it will affect you for good, even if you don’t remember a word
Revd. Janine Atkinson