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 might not know it until some time later...

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