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 guest room. 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," she 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
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. I told him to take the cow instead.
Things aren't always what they seem."
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the
way we think they should. Just trust that every outcome
is always to your advantage. You might not realize it until much