This really blessed me, thought I’d share it.
There was once a king who had a wise advisor. The advisor followed the king everywhere, and his favorite piece of advice was “everything happens for the good.” One day, the king went hunting and had a little accident. He shot an arrow at his own foot and was injured. He asked the advisor what he thought about the accident, to which the advisor replied, “everything happens for the good.” This time the king was really upset and asked that his advisor be put in prison. The king asked his advisor, “now what do you think?” The advisor again replied, “everything happens for the good.” So the advisor remained in prison. The king later went on a hunting trip, this time without the advisor. The king was captured by cannibals and taken to their camp, where he was to serve as their evening meal. Before putting him in their cooking pot, he was thoroughly inspected. The wound on his foot was discovered and he was thrown back into the jungle. According to the cannibal’s tradition, anything imperfect is unfit for consumption. As a result, the king’s life was spared. He then realized that his advisor had been right. He had escaped death because of the wound and so had the advisor because, had he not been in prison, he would have been on that trip with the king. This would have led to his death as he had no wounds and would have been fit for the cannibals’ consumption.
This just reiterates what the bible says about all things working together for good for them that love God. Personally I have learnt to praise God regardless of the circumstances. He always has a better plan.
(Culled from ‘Our daily manna’ Vol 10, April-June 2010, pg 84)