Beliefs and perception

Things aren’t always what they seem

Once 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 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 hospitable poor farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bedroom where they could have a comfortable sleep. 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 on 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.” She accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything they had 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 that hole of the wall. Since the owner was obsessed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the hole so he couldn’t find the gold. Then last night as we slept in the bed, the angel of death came for the wife of the farmer. I gave him the cow instead. “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

Sometimes that is exactly what happens in ours lives when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always for your advantage. You might not know until sometime later. Sometimes you may find difficult to sleep because of uncomfortable bed, but think of poor who don’t have bed to sleep.

Sometimes you are annoyed because of the bad day at work but think of those who are out for months for work struggling hard to feed their family.

When ever you find yourself incomplete in life with the treasures you have, think about others who don’t even have the benefits what you are sharing, and be thankful for what you have. 

63 thoughts on “Things aren’t always what they seem

  1. A powerful story, and a poignant point – things are not always as they seem, and it helps to take time to consider other alternatives, what may be going on underneath, to try to empathise with others and see other explanations. Great post xx

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