One of those forwarded emails which I’ve received numerous times and always go “Ah…..” at the end of the read.
Once upon a time, there was a king. The king liked one of his followers very much because he was very wise and always gave very useful advice. Therefore the king took him along wherever he went.
One day, the king was bitten by a dog, his finger was injured and the wound was getting worse. He asked the
follower if that was a bad sign. The follower said, ‘Good or bad, hard to say’.
In the end, the king’s finger got so bad it had to be amputated.
The king asked the follower again, if that was a bad sign.
Again, the follower gave the same answer, ‘Good or bad, hard to say’.
The king became very angry and sent the follower to prison.
One day, the king went hunting in the jungle. He got excited chasing a deer and deeper and deeper into the jungle he went. In the end he found himself lost and to make things worse, he got caught by the natives living in the jungle.
They wanted to sacrifice him to their God but when they noticed that the king was short of a finger, they released him immediately as he wasn’t a perfect specimen of a man and was therefore not a suitable sacrifice.
The king managed to get back to his palace and he finally understood the follower’s wise
quote : ‘Good or bad, hard to say’ – If he hadn’t lost one finger, he would have lost his life to the natives.
He immediately ordered the release of his follower, and apologized to him.
But to the king’s amazement, the follower wasn’t mad at him at all. Instead he said,
‘It wasn’t a bad thing that you locked me up. Why? Because if you hadn’t, you would have brought me along to the jungle. If the natives found you unsuitable to be a sacrifice, they would’ve used me.”
Again, the quote ‘Good or bad, hard to say’ stands.
The moral of the story is that everything happens for a reason in this world. There is no absolute good or bad. Sometimes good things turn out to be bad things eventually, while bad things become a gain.
Whatever good that happens to you, enjoy it but don’t hold on too tight to it. Treat it as a surprise in your life.
Whatever bad that happens to you, don’t have to feel too sad or despair – in the end, it may not be a total bad
If one can understand this, he or she will find life much easier.
PS: Actually after reading this again, I think that the life of a believer is easier - If it’s good, I believe it is in His plans. When things seem bad, (ie: I do not get what I want), I believe it is because He has something better planned for me. So either way, I’m still a happy camper at the end of the day =)