The Kind and His Servant
By Ashok G. Vasandani
Here’s a story I read/watch on Facebook page – The Meaning of Life that I’d like to share, something that we can all learn from.
ONCE upon a time, there was a King who loved to hunt. One day, whilst hunting, the King shot a wild leopard. He ran towards it to see if it was dead or not, when suddenly the nearly dead leopard jumped up and attack the king. This chief servant, managed to kill the leopard but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger.
Furious, the Kind said to his servant, “If God was good, I would not have been attacked, and I certainly wouldn’t have lost a finger!” The servant replied. “Despite all of these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything he does is perfect, he is never wrong.”
Outranged by his response, the King asked the servant “If I put you in prison, would you still think that is what’s best for you?” The servant, without any fear, humbly replied, “yes my King, I would still think that is the best arrangement for me.” The now enraged King ordered that the servant be imprisoned at once.
Three months later, the King and another servant left for another hunt and were captured by tribes’ people who required a human sacrifice. On the Alter, the desperate King watched as his servant was killed beside him. But, all of a sudden, the tribes people discovered that the King was missing a finger and so they released him. They now considered him to be “incomplete” and so he couldn’t be offered to their gods.
On returning to his palace, the King authorized the release of his servant. He went to him and humbly said, “My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed, but for my missing finger, I was released. “However, I have a question,” the King continued, “If God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in prison?” The servant wisely replied, “My King, had I not been in prison I would have been with you, and I would have been sacrificed since I have no missing finger”
The King laughed and said, “That’s correct! Everything really does happen for a reason!” Our lives are full of ups and downs. When things do not turn out how you want, do not lose you love for life, your faith or your belief in the future.
As long as we are good people good things will one day follow. Be calm, be patient and stay positive.
Moral Lesson: The hardship of today is preparing you for the light of tomorrow.
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