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Things Aren't Always
What They Seem

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 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 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 farmer's
bed, the angel of death came for his wife.

I told him to take the cow instead.

Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes this is exactly what
happens when things don't turn
out the way we think they should.

Just trust that every outcome
is always to your advantage.

You might not realize
it until much later.

To give is to gain and be blessed.
To keep is to loose and be in want.

Jesus often appears in the form of neglected and
little people, to see if we will do even the simplest of
things as proof of our love and loyalty to Him personally.

Matthew 25:42-43
For I was hungered, and ye gave me no meat.
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
I was naked, and ye clothed me not:
sick and in prison, and ye visited me not.
The Three Little Trees
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