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


“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…