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Precious At the Bottom


A Persian legend tells us that a certain king needed a faithful servant and had to choose between two candidates for the office. He took both at fixed wages and told them to fill a basket with water from a nearby well, saying that he would come in the evening to inspect their work. After dumping one or two buckets of water into the basket, one of the men said, "What is the good of doing this useless work? As soon as we pour the water in, it runs out the sides."


The other answered, "But we have our wages, haven't we? The use is the master's business, not ours."


"I'm not going to do such fool's work," replied the complainer. Throwing down his bucket, he went away.


The other man continued until he had drained the well. Looking down into it, he saw something shining at the bottom that proved to be a diamond ring. "Now I see the use of pouring water into the basket!" he exclaimed. "If the bucket had brought up the ring before the well was dry, it would have been found in the basket. Our work was not useless."


When God's blessing does not fully coincide with your expectations, remember to wait until the well is dry. There may be something precious at the bottom.

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