Sunday, December 24, 2006

Things are not always what they seem to be

(Another little story, which came my way as a forward that had passed through a few dozen--or more--inboxes, but a lovely message that made it in handwriting into my little notebook.)

Two travelling 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 guest room. Instead, the angels were given a small 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 angel replied, "Things are not always what they seem."

The next night, the pair came to rest at the home of a very poor but 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 angel found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income lay head 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. The second family had little but was willing to share everything and you let the 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 the hole in the wall. Since the owner was so greedy 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 farmer's bed, Death came for the farmer's wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't seem to happen the way they ideally should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that things will ultimately turn out to your advantage. You might not know it until much later, but you will, someday. So, keep faith, and wish you a very merry Christmas!