'I have one last test. This kingdom depends solely on agriculture so the king must know how to cultivate plants. Take this corn seed home and nurture it for three weeks.’ The boys took their seeds and hurried home.
In one home, the seed failed to sprout. The boy was heartbroken; his friends advised him to buy a replacement seed but his parents who had always taught him the value of integrity reminded him, 'That would be dishonesty. Don't be found to have deceived the king.'
The day came and the boys returned, each of them proudly exhibiting fine corn seedling. The king began making his way down the line of eager boys and asked each of them, 'Is this what came out of the seed I gave you?' Each boy responded, 'Yes, your majesty.' And the king would nod and move down the line.
The king finally got to the last boy in the line. The boy was shaking with fear as the king would have him thrown into prison for wasting his seed. 'What did you do?' the king asked. 'I planted the seed and cared for it diligently, your majesty, but it failed to sprout.' the boy said tearfully as the crowd booed him.
But the king suddenly said, 'My people behold your next king.' The people were confused. 'I gave these boys boiled seeds. A boiled seed never sprouts. This test was not for cultivating corn. It was the test of character; a test of integrity. It was the ultimate test,' said the king.
Nowadays, we live in a society that has become obsessed with success and many want success at any cost. We say the end justifies the means. Failure often is an invitation to God to show that He is all powerful and does not need help to make us great or to bless us. Take heart and do not grow weary in doing right for the Lord blesses the righteous.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
- Unknown Author