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 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
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
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
'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.
Thought for Today: God's Love is like the ocean, you can see its
beginnings but not its end.
I really like this story because I don't remember things like I
used to....but then I think
God isn't concerned about my brain anyway, He's more concerned about my heart
Okay, so... Reading the Bible is like trying to carry water in a basket. It's nigh on impossible, and ultimately pointless, but it does give your brain a good wash!
Seriously, though, if Grandpa wanted the basket washing, why didn't he ask the kid to wash the basket? Instead, the boy's running back and forth, trying to do what his Grandpa tells him and failing. And he knows it. He probably thinks the old guy will stop him after a while and explain a simple trick that actually makes this task possible. But no. The old guy just wanted to mess with him and, as a side effect, get him to clean a basket.
He also lied when he told the boy "I want a basket of water" (He didn't), and "You can do this!" (He knew it was impossible).
So "God" apparently wants people to do something impossible and pointless just to mess with them and, as a side effect, get them to be good. Presumably "he's" also willing to lie to get people to continue the pointlessness.
In the same way that running around with a leaking basket will clean the basket (but not as well or quickly as actually washing it), don't these Christian types realise that all this Bible study is a much more convoluted way of getting people to be good and moral? Instead of poring over a Bible and trying in vain to comprehend it, just do it the easy way and be good. For goodness' sake.
Finally, the overall message seems to be: Don't worry if none of this makes sense. Just let that crazy nonsense wash over you and "affect" you. In other words, shrug your shoulders and carry on anyway. The very definition of willful ignorance.