“Things Aren’t Always What They Seem”

Every now and then I come across a great parable that truly touches my life. The following is one of them, of which I found long ago when I was hoping to inspire my mother who was going through a rough period in her life. Ironically, this parable resurfaced recently when my sister visited and pulled out one of my bibles from my bookshelf that I hadn’t opened for a very long time. It was my mother’s bible and within it was the email I sent of this parable to her almost two decades ago now. The parable is titled “Things Aren’t Always What They Seem” and I feel it definitely applies to the many hardships I’ve been facing myself over the past bunch of years. My only prayer is that each of you will enjoy its message as much as I have and still do.

Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angles stay in their mansion’s guest room. Instead, the angels were given a space in their cold basement. As they made their bed on a very hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angle 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 quite hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed so that they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angles found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole source of income, now lay dead in the field. The younger angel was confused 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 yet you let their only 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 that he would never 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,” the older angel said humbly.

Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way we think they should. But if we have faith, we just need to trust that every outcome in our life is always to our advantage. And while we may not know that at the time it happens, one day it will make sense. Until then, just keep your faith and remember that “Things aren’t always what they seem…”

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Andrew Arthur Dawson

Author: Andrew Arthur Dawson

A teacher of meditation, a motivational speaker, a reader of numerology, and a writer by trade, Andrew Arthur Dawson is a spiritual man devoted to serving his Higher Power and bringing a lot more light and love into this world. This blog, www.thetwelfthstep.com is just one of those ways...

3 thoughts on ““Things Aren’t Always What They Seem””

  1. Andrew,
    Thank you for sharing this parable. I have never heard it before and it had me intrigued all the way to the end.many times i have judged in haste and then felt bad afterward. I am trying my best to do a better job of that now. I needed that inspiring message. I think my HP is doing some good work for me today.
    Love you,
    Chris xoxo

  2. Hi Andrew…so glad I read this…but does this mean I should stop driving myself crazy trying to figure out the reason or reasons for the intense sense of unhappiness I almost constantly feel and just take each day one by one and wait for it all to make sense some day? Guess I should just pray for guidance …. Huh? Anyway…I will keep this parable in mind . Thanks much!

    1. Bunny, I believe it’s human tendency to want to figure everything out and understand what is happening to us. I also believe the solution is to keep praying for guidance but also for peace and joy. I’m not sure if it will all make sense one day in this life but when we let go each day as best as we can and trust God has our back I believe that’s when God has the best opportunity to bring our lives together and maybe help make s little more sense to things… 🙂

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