Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by danny3861, Jan 26, 2004.

  1. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member


    The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom
    he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that
    ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This

    One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The
    friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had
    apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after
    taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was
    blown off.

    Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, "This is good!"

    To which the king replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and proceeded to
    his friend to jail.

    About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have
    known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took them to their
    village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and
    bound him to the stake. As they came near to set fire to the wood,
    noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they
    never ate anyone that was less than whole. So untying the king, they
    sent him on his way.

    As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his
    thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went
    immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. "You were right," he
    said, "it was good that my thumb was blown off. And he proceeded to
    the friend all that had just happened. "And so I am very sorry for
    sending you to jail for so long. It was bad of me to do this."

    "No" his friend replied, "This is good!"

    "What do you mean, "This is good?" How could it be good that I sent my
    friend to jail for a year?"

    "If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you when you were

    Situations may not always seem pleasant while we are in them, but the
    promise of God is clear. If we love Him and live our lives according to
    His precepts, even that which seems to be bleak and hopeless will be
    turned by God for His glory and our benefit.

    -- Author Unknown
  2. blessings

    blessings New Member

    Really enjoyed your story!! It seems to exemplify the providence of God. How many times have we looked back and thought, oh , my, if I (or a loved one) had been there, and also, made me think of many in the Bible whose situation seemed so bad(Joseph, for example) but, God was working it out for his good. (also got a good chuckle about the servant being glad he was in jail or he would have been lunch ) Thanks!! blessings
  3. dash

    dash New Member

    God's sovereignty is a mighty thing and often a mystery to our understanding, but a truth we must be willing to embrace in our daily walk with Him.

    Thank you, Danny, for your reminder,
  4. Carols4given

    Carols4given New Member

    Thanks for the story Danny, it is really a good one.
    God Bless, Carol