This is a very good story that made me think about all the things that
didn't go my way but in the end made me thank God for His guidance and
everlasting wisdom. I think of this verse often and hope you will keep it
in mind as well. Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the Heavens are
higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts."
I hope you enjoy the story and the message it has to offer.
Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy
family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the
mansion's guestroom. Instead the angels were given a space in the cold
basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a
hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the
older angel replied, "Things aren't always what they seem".
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very
hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had
the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good
night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the
farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their
sole income lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and
asked the older angel "how could you have let this happen! The first man
had everything, yet you helped him," he accused. "The second family had
little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die."
"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.
"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold
stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with
greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he
wouldn't find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the
angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things
aren't always what they seem."
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way
they should. But with faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is
always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later.
Think about this:
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight,
just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.
Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair.
There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work,
think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend,
think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day,
seven days a week, for $15.00 to feed her family.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance,
think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror,
think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about,
asking, "what is my purpose?," be thankful. There are those who didn't
live long enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness,
ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember, things could be worse--you
could be them!
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry