Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Many times during our lives, we find ourselves in hot water. Sometimes it is because of our own wrong choices, and sometimes we get in hot water because of no fault of our own. What should we do when we find ourselves in hot water no matter whose fault it is?
According to James 1:2, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds." Why should we count it all joy when we face trials of many kinds?
Being in trouble does not mean it is the end of the world. In fact, being in trouble or in hot water is beneficial for us to move from one station in our lives to something much better.
So, what does it mean to be in hot water?
Being in Hot Water
Being in hot water simply means you are in a situation that you can't handle by yourself. At the time, you might think it is the most devastating thing on earth. The hotter the water, the worse you feel, the more you become afraid, and you might even panic.
You might not realize that being in hot water is not always a bad thing. Being in hot water will force you to take inventory of your life and decide what you are doing that should be changed. You pray more when you are in hot water, and you are forced to focus on God more than usual. When you are in hot water, you rely on your faith like never before.
Three Examples of Being in Hot Water
There are three familiar items found in your house that are examples of the benefits of being in hot water. When you read about these three items, you will probably say, "Oh, yeah, I never thought about that."
1. A Hard-Boiled Egg
If you want a hard-boiled egg for breakfast or to be in a salad for lunch or to be chopped up in potato salad, you have to cook it in hot water so the inside can get hard.
2. A Carrot
A carrot can be eaten raw when it is hard. However, if you want to soften the vegetable, you should cook it in hot water or stir fry it in a hot skillet.
3. A Tea Bag
When you want a refreshing cup of tea, you put a tea bag in hot water. If you desire a stronger cup of tea, you leave the bag in longer.
Eggs in Hot Water
Eggs can be cooked in many ways. They can be scrambled, fried, poached, made into a quiche, or omelet. For soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs, they must be put in hot water. Then the inside of the shell cooks in just a few minutes.
When you are in hot water, you find out that you become hard enough to handle life difficulties. If you never face tough times, you will never know just how much you can bear.
Carrots in Hot Water
Surely, carrots can be eaten in their natural state. Raw carrots are good in salads, but sometimes people want to eat them cooked. When they are boiled in hot water, hard carrots become soft and satisfying alone or along with other vegetables as in a stir-fry dish.
You might have a hard exterior, but like the carrot, your soft side comes out when you are in hot water.
A Tea Bag in Hot Water
Tea can be made in minutes with hot water and a tea bag. Hot water is much more efficient than cold water for the flavor to come from the leaves in the bag. Like tea bags in hot water, flavor can come from you as well.
Final Thoughts About Being in Hot Water
Remember that when you put an egg in hot water, it gets hard. When you put a carrot in hot water, it gets soft. The longer a tea bag stays in hot water, the stronger it becomes.
Like those three items, you can be hard, soft, and strong when you need to be. That's why you should take the advice of James and "Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds."
Also, remember that when you first get in a tub of water, it might be really hot. After being in the hot water for a while, it no longer feels as hot.
Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on November 25, 2020:
Hello, what an inspiration Hub. I enjoy reading it and love how you share three examples of the result of the boiling item in water that is necessary and the worthy result afterward. Thank you for sharing.