The Traveling Angels
~ Author unknown
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
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 nights 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
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 her the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem".
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out
the way you expected. If you have faith, you just need to trust
that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later.