More often we hear people complaining that "what have I done to deserve this? Why God is not listening to my prayers? They also ask other people to pray for them as they have lost faith in God. Please read this little story of a cup as it explains why God doesn't listen to your prayers when you want Him to listen. We all go through very difficult and painful time in life that we think that it is the end of the world. Most people run here and there in search of new God, new religion or quick fix. But we can all understand God's grace from this little story of a Tea Cup...
Lesson From a Tea Cup Once there was a young man. He was rather immature and inexperienced, but was ready to learn new things. He had a strong liking for antiques and was happy to visit different antique stores when he was on holidays. He traveled all over the world and collected many antiques. Over the time he developed a strong interest in antique pottery and especially in tea cups. He felt that they all had their unique stories to tell. Once while he was in an old fortress in Serbia which had been partially transformed into a museum, he spotted an exceptional tea cup in a dusty antique store which clearly had Turkish influences. He asked the seller: "May I see that exceptionally beautiful tea cup over there? It seems to come from Turkey . As the man handed him the tea cup, our young man suddenly heard the tea cup speak up:
"Thank you for liking me but you does not understand," it said, "I have not always been a tea cup. There was a time when I had no idea what service meant. I was just a dumb lump of red clay. Let me tell you my story and I am sure you will learn from it. I've lived for many, many thousands of years. I've witnessed wars and peace coming and going. Whole civilizations rolled over me as I sat there waiting. Then one day my master came. He took me, brought me home, rolled and pounded me on a wooden table. Again and again, he poked his fingers into me until finally I yelled out "don't do that!' Imagine someone would take you like this. , Leave me alone!' But he only smiled and gently said "Not yet!" The tea cup became more and more alive as he spoke to the shocked young man "Then, whoommmm! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly spun around and around and around until I lost all my sense of direction: Stop it, don't you see that I'm getting sick? Quickly, take me from the spinning wheel!' But the master only nodded in understanding and quietly said "not yet!' He only bent me in and out of shape to suit his plan with me.. "Then he placed me carefully into an oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door: It is hotter than hell - I'm burning to ashes. Please get me out of here before it is too late.' I could see him through a tiny hole. I could only
read his lips as he shook his head from side to side and silently pronounced, "Not yet!' "When I thought I could not bear the heat for another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on a shelf where I began to cool. It felt so good to be left alone. "But more was going to come. After I had cooled down he carefully picked me up, looked at me and brushed some dust away. Then he brought the colours and something transparent - the glaze. The fumes were horrible! I thought I would suffocate! , I said please,... have mercy! Don't you understand my misery? Please, please, please! Stop it! "But he only shook his head and said "Not yet, you're not yet ready!" "Then unexpectedly and very quickly he put me back into the oven. Only it was about twice or trice as hot as the first time - this was the most intense. From the beginning I felt... this is my death... I begged... I pleaded ... I threatened ... I screamed ... Finally, I cried without tears. Not even hot tears. I was convinced I will never make it. I was ready to give up.. "Just then - in the last second as I was slowly fainting, the door opened and he took me out. And again placed me on the shelf - where I cooled and waited... and waited ... and waited. "What was he going to do next? An hour or so later he came back and placed a mirror before me and said: ,Look at yourself!' And I did. "What I saw amazed me. It is what you see now. That's not me! I said. That cannot be me... It is too beautiful, "With a very compassionate voice my master spoke "This is what you are meant to be" and then he explained everything that was needed for me to look so beautiful.He said "I know it hurt you when I rolled and kneaded you on the table. But if I had not gotten the air out of you, you would have broken.' "I knew you must have lost all your sense of orientation when I was spinning you. But without this you would never have come into this form. I know the fumes of the colours in the glaze were intolerable when I painted you all over. But if I had not done that, you would not have had any colour in your life and you would not have hardened. And when I placed you in the second oven I knew that this would be the most severe part. But without it you would have broken very easily when the realities of life would have come. Believe me all I did was for your good. Now you are what I had in mind when I first saw you on the ground. Now you are a finished product." With this the tea cup stopped speaking - but there was a tear of gratefulness coming from its beautiful rim. The young man purchased the tea cup and only used it when he offered something to God. He never forgot the lesson he received from it. Whenever he was in a difficult situation and he felt like calling out, stop it! Leave me alone!', he remembered the words of the tea cup maker: "Not yet...!" However, he also became grateful - for he knew that everything that happened was designed by the Lord to make him what he was meant to become.
We should also have complete faith in God that HE knows what HE is doing for each of us. He is the potter and we are the clay. He will mold us and make us ready. He will also expose us to just enough pressures that we will become a perfect piece of His liking. So we should not misinterpret his divine grace and run here and there to search for new master. We should have faith in our master and learn to tolerate whatever we go through in our life as whatever he is doing is for our own good. Build such a relationship with him that he will become your parent and will be always around you to protect you and grant you all the happiness you deserve.