Appearances Aside

I received this story thru email source unknown, however, I thought it was still worth sharing. As we proceed thru our own busy lives and schedules, trying to "keep up appearances", remember that the people we cross paths with may be doing the same thing.  We can plan our day from sun up to sun down with nothing happening as planned.  We don't always have control over what we "see" or "think should happen".  Try sharing a smile or a kind word with the people you meet even if you don't "feel like it" .... smiles are contagious and it just might make someone's day -- including yours ... for "things aren't always as they seem."

ANGELS

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 (or the way "we" think they should).
If you have faith, you just need to trust that every out come
is always to your advantage. You just might not
know it until some time later..

Some people come into our lives and quickly go ...

Some people become friends and stay awhile ...
leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts ...

And we are never quite the same because we have made a good friend!!

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!

Dear Lord,  Thank you for the gift of the present.  Please help us to remember that things may not always be what they seem and that you have a much greater plan for us all.  Please help us to trust and have faith so that we may enjoy the present moment and not lose it in fretting about the past or things to come.  Amen.

April Schauer

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