Monday, April 11, 2011

The Tea Cup


The Story of  the Tea-Cup

There was a couple who used to go England to shop in the beautiful store. This was their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially tea-cups. They said,"May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful."




As the lady handed it to them,suddenly the tea-cup spoke, "You don't understand." It said, "I have not always been a tea-cup.There was a time when I was red clay. My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, "Let me alone," but he only smiled, "Not yet!!"


"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. 'Stop it !! I'm getting dizzy!' I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, 'Not yet.'


Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook hid head, 'Not yet'.


"Finally, the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Stop it, Stop it!!' I cried. He only nodded, 'Not yet!'.


Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf.




An hour later he handed me a mirror and said 'Look at yourself.' And I did. I said, 'That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.'




"I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I just had left you alone, you'd have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurts and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life, and if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.



God knows what He's doing for all of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us, so that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

MORAL:
God knows what He's doing (for all of us).
He is the Potter, and we are His clay.
He will mold us and make us,
So that we may be made into a flawless piece of work
To fulfill His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.
And God is faithful; he will not tempt you beyond what you can bear.


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9 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous tea set! Just loved it! Thank you for sharing this beauty.
    cheers
    Fábio

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  2. Thank you so much Fabio! What wonderful words to share!
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    Concetta

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  3. What a beautiful tea set! Such a delightful set to enjoy a lovely tea from!

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  4. Hi Concetta,
    I love this story and I never get tired of hearing it! There is so much truth in the tale. Your tea set is so pretty and I love the shape of the teacup! Thank you for a lovely post and thanks for stopping by to have tea with me.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  5. Beautiful post! I love your tea set, so very pretty!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  6. Concetta,
    O MY!! What a beautiful post!! And so very true!!
    I love this darling tea set and tea cup!!

    Hugs,
    Dbebie

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  7. What a lovely story and a great post!
    Just stopped by from the Wednesday blog hop. I’m following you now and hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime too! Have a lovely week.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. That is a beautiful tea set and a great story :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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