You know when you get those chain emails that say “send this to 200 people or all your traffic lights will be red” or some other such nonsense? Well, I rarely forward them and I usually skip the read all together, but this week an angel in my life sent me an email that was poignant and share-worthy (thanks mom). It set a string of ripples in motion in the lives of the people I love and the lives that their lives touch and I thought I would keep it rippling.
For anyone who is going through what may seem like unusually hard times, the story of the two travelling angels reminds us that life is not always as it seems.
Two Travelling Angels
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 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 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 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."
When life is not being served up the way you think it should be, consider that there is a bigger picture, the shape of which is grander and more intricate than you can even imagine.
With time and distance we are repeatedly shown how today’s hardship can be tomorrow’s blessing and as a wonderfully insightful greeting card once stated;
“It all works out in the end. If it has not worked out yet, it’s not the end.”
Have faith and patience in the divine unfolding of your precious life and remember, if you are open, if you are willing to look, to listen for the good and the growth, it is always, always there.