Monday, May 11, 2009

The Wicker Basket

I received this little story in an e-mail from an "old friend" I used to go to church with. She still sends me little things from time to time. This story reminds me of another one. There was a man who just didn't understand what good it did him to attend church Sunday after Sunday when he couldn't remember what the sermon was even about from one week to the next. His friend asked him how long he had been married, and he told him almost 30 years. He asked if he could remember every meal his wife had fixed for him during those 30 years, and the man said "no". The friend told him that even though he couldn't remember what he had eaten, did that mean that each of those meals
didn't fill him up....satisfy him....nourish him???
The man got the point!!!

The Wicker 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 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.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!


  1. That is a neat story with a good illustration of what we should be doing in our lives and with God's Holy Words. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. This is the first time I've been here, and I enjoyed it very much. I have bookmarked it and will be back again. May God bless you.

  3. neat story! Thank you for sharing it.


Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24