Everyone knows the story of Jonah – how he attempted to flee from the presence of God, went down to Joppa and got on a ship headed for Tarshish, and how God sent a storm, and Jonah was cast overboard and swallowed by a great fish.
In our Bible reading
from Jonah 2, Jonah is now praying for God’s deliverance. That which appeared to be bad turned out to
be good. Jonah was delivered and he went
I have found that often in life, that which appears to be bad is actually good, and that which appears to be good is often bad. Let me explain.
A wise old Chinese gentleman lived on the troubled Mongolian border. One day his favorite horse, a beautiful white mare, jumped the fence and was seized on the other side by the enemy. His friends came to comfort him. “We’re so sorry about your horse,” they said. “That’s bad news.”
“How do you know it’s bad news?” he asked. “It might be good news.”
A week later, the Chinaman looked out his window to see his mare returning at breakneck speed, and alongside her was a beautiful stallion. He put both horses into the enclosure, and his friends came to admire the new addition. “What a beautiful horse,” they said. “That’s good news.”
“How do you know it’s good news?” replied the man. “It might be bad news.”
The next day, the man’s only son decided to try riding the stallion. It threw him, and he landed painfully, breaking his leg. The friends made another visit, all of them sympathetic, saying, “We’re so sorry about this. It’s such bad news.”
“How do you know it’s bad news?” replied the man. “It might be good news.”
Within a month, a
terrible war broke out between
✞ Thank God for all things, even that which appears to be bad.
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