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In my Baha’i-inspired Life Coaching practice, I’m often asked “Why me?”.  Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem.  The Baha’i Writings teach:

Even if all the losses of the world were to be sustained by one of the friends of God, he would still profit thereby . . . The friends of God shall win and profit under all conditions, and shall attain true wealth.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Crisis & Victory, p. 154).

This morning, someone sent me this story via email – forwarded many times.  Although I went onto the internet to find the source, I was unable to find it, so I’ll have to say it’s “Author Unknown”.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  It goes like this:

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 small 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 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, she accused. 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 farmers bed,    the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.

‘Things aren’t always what they seem.’

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until some time later..

My favorite quote from the Baha’i Writing on faith is:

. . . nothing shall be impossible to you if you have faith. And now I give you a command¬ment that shall be for a covenant between you and me – that ye have faith; that your faith be steadfast as a rock that no earthly storms can move, that nothing can disturb, and that it endure through all things even to the end . . . As ye have faith so shall your powers and blessings be. This is the balance – this is the balance – this is the balance.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Readings, p. 313.

What has been your experience with faith that things not always as they seem?  Post your comments here: