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Friday, April 6, 2012

Things aren't Always what They Seem

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night at the home of a wealthy family. Sadly, the family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's exquisite guestroom. Instead they were given a very small space in the damp 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. 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 farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes we too can feel like the younger angel when our situations don't turn out the way we think they should. In these times it is paramount that we trust that every outcome is always to our advantage knowing some time may have to pass before we can see the unexplained purpose for our pain.

I can just imagine that is exactly how the disciples felt on the week of the first Easter. They never thought their teacher… their Messiah… their friend would ever be arrested, tortured, and crucified for crimes he never committed. They watched him heal the sick, free the captives and raise the dead and now he himself is sick, bound and dead.

The disciples could not wrap their mind around what was going on in their moment of anguish, but sometime later, three days later, they fully understood.

God turned their mourning into dancing...

And their weeping into joy.

Satan thought he won when Christ died... but, God turned it for our good so we could live.

Things are not always what they seem. And I am so thankful for that!

Hope your Easter weekend is filled with unexpected joy and blessings!

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