“Things aren’t always what they seem”

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and inhospitable and so 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 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 by repairing his home,” she accused. “Now this family has so little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die. It is so unfair, I do not understand”  The older angel looked at the younger one – “Things aren’t always what they seem,” she replied.  She proceeded to explain:

“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 farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife so I gave him the cow instead. So you see young angel, things aren’t always what they seem.”

My friend, sometimes that is exactly what happens when things  don’t turn out the way they should.  Just believe that although all things are not for our good, God does know how to make all bad work out for our good. Always remember that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know immediately until some time later.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God…” Romans 8:28 – GW


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