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- Print Length: 146 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009F15U3C
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On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? Kindle Edition
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This book begins with the story of a water carrier, who was deeply unhappy with his job because he perceived it as lowly and lacking importance. It was known as a woman's job to carry water to and from the estate, therefore he believed himself inadequate and the lowliest of men in his masters establishment.
Now everyone, including his master, was aware of his disgruntle attitude towards his vocation, nonetheless he was required to keep and attend to his daily routine.
He was now between a rock and a hard place, he noticed that this was his lot in life and faced the decision to enjoy every minute of it or to hate every minute of it, he opted with the former and enforced a perspective change. He understood that his complaining and nagging didn't and wouldn't alter his circumstance but that didn't mean he couldn't make the most out of what was.
Being more friendly and upbeat, showing gratitude and happiness he became a joy to be around. He also began looking for ways to add more meaning and purpose to his role in life as a water carrier, and while on his journey to the well, it was clear as day that his purpose wasn't as simple as carrying water but one that brought beauty and joy into the lives of many; A bed full of flowers on the side of the road.
He carried two jars, each connected to the end of a stick he placed on his neck. One jar was in great condition but the other held cracks and a top that barely stayed on, consequently water frequently exited, which encouraged the flowers to bloom.
The water carrier was asked why he didn't replace the cracked jar with one that would be easier to carry and wouldn't waste the water. The water carrier stood on the dusty road facing the man and asked, "which side do the flowers grow?"
"They grow on the side of the cracked and imperfect jar," was the response.
This spiritual fable underlines the importance that regardless of how imperfect we are, we all have an important role to play. Our imperfections and mishaps may be the very catalyst for others to grow. The author includes countless real life stories that constitute to this concept, of how the lowliest of individuals, had an lasting impact on a multitude of persons. Regardless of our blemishes, our cracks, we can be used for a bigger purpose, just as the water carrier was, and the cracked jars were.
I especially found it interesting that you portrayed Holy Blessed Mary, as briefly having her own doubts that Jesus was the Son of God. I have no doubt about the belief and conviction that the human family of Jesus Christ had in Him as the Son of God, and the depth and extent of doubt that His earthly followers may have had soon after their first meeting Jesus, before they realized that He is the true Son of God. But that's just my opinion, since as a child, Jesus Christ was reported as being found in the Holy Temple, surrounded by learned men, and preaching the truths of God to the Holy Men, and holding his own, and teaching them about God's word! Beautiful book, Wendell E. Mettey, I loved reading the various stories of the members of your church, and I heartily recommend to anyone else who desires to know "which side of the road the flowers grow on," that they should read this book. I thank God for guiding your hand in penning this book, it's beautifully written. May God bless and protect you and yours.--Amen
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Great life lessons/ reminders of God and his love for us.