Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived; happiness, sadness, knowledge, and all of the others,
One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So all the
feelings prepared their boats to leave.
Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve the island paradise until the last possible moment.
When the island was almost totally under, Love decided it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help.
Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, can I come with you on your boat?" Richness answered,
"I'm sorry, but there is alot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."
Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing in a beautiful vessel. Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please."
"I can't help you", Vanity said, "You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat."
Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, "Sadness, please let me go with you." Sadness answered, "Love, "I'm sorry,
but, I just need to be alone now."
Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, "Happiness, please take me with you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he
didn't hear Love calling to him.
Love began to cry. Then, she heard a voice say, "Come Love, I will take you with me." It was an elder.
Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name.
When they arrived on land the elder went on his way.
Love realized how much she owed the elder.
Love then found Knowledge and asked, "Who was it that helped me?"
"It was Time", Knowledge answered.
"But why did Time help me when no one else would?", Love asked.
Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great
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," he 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 farmer's bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.
"Things aren't always what they seem."<P
Sometimes we get upset when things don't go the way we expect them to go. Always continue on in faith, trust that every
outcome is always to your advantage in the long run. You might not know it until some time later. When things go bad, just
always remember; things aren't always what they seem!
This is why we must praise God in all things good or bad because many times things aren't what they seem to be.