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Parable of the King Who Lost His Finger
Here is a story:
Once upon a time, there was a king in India who had a very smart chancellor. Whenever something serious happened in the country, the king would humbly consult the chancellor. However, no matter what the king asked, the chancellor always said, “Good!” This really annoyed the king, so he tried to find an opportunity to discipline the chancellor for the bad habit.
One time, part of the king’s finger was accidentally cut off when he was on a hunting trip with the chancellor. Then he asked the chancellor, “My thumb has got broken. Is it good or not?” “Yes, Your Majesty.” The chancellor blurted out. Hearing this, the king flew into a rage and locked him up on a charge of “schadenfreude.” Later, the king went to visit the chancellor, asking, “Now you are held in jail. Is it good or not?” “Yes, it is.” The chancellor replied without hesitation. “Since you think it is good, just stay here for another few days!” said the king.
Two days later, the king wanted to go hunting again. As he wouldn’t like to release the stubborn chancellor, he decided to make the trip himself. Without the company of the chancellor, who was familiar with the geographical features, the king soon got lost and fell into a trap set by a local cannibalistic tribe to catch animals.
At night, several hefty men bound the king to a cross and hung him up after stripping him naked, and then piled wood around his feet, in preparation for a human flesh feast. The people of the tribe attended the ceremony performed by a wizard, who spit water at the king and examined every part of his body. While checking the king’s fingers, the wizard shook his head and let out a sigh. Then he reported to the leader, “Our tribe only eats humans that are complete. The man is ominous since he has a broken finger, so we can’t eat him.” The leader had no alternative but to let go of the king.
The king, who narrowly escaped being killed, was extremely excited. The first thing he did after returning to the palace was to visit the chancellor in prison. He said in tears, “Now I know why you said it was a good thing for me to have a broken finger. It saved my life! I blamed you wrongly.” Then, with a shadow of doubt, the king asked, “I’ve kept you in jail for a dozen days. Is it good or not?” “Yes, it is, it is very good,” answered the chancellor. The king was very confused and asked, “Why?” The chancellor said, “Your Majesty, if you hadn’t put me in jail, I would have gone hunting with you. And then, we might have both fallen into the trap and been caught by the flesh-eating tribe. You could save your own life by your broken finger while I would have been doomed to death.” Hearing this, the king suddenly came to his senses: It really is a good thing!
The king’s finger being cut off, the chancellor being sent to prison—the two things are misfortunes in our eyes, but they both turn out to be good things in the end: The king and the chancellor have escaped losing their lives due to them.
We often view things temporarily favorable to us as good and feel joy and happiness about them, while treating frustrations, failures, and painful experiences as bad, feeling sad about them, blaming and misunderstanding God. In fact, though God’s work sometimes is contrary to our conceptions on the outside, God’s will is usually hidden within the situations. It simply is that we cannot appreciate God’s good intentions before God reveals the consequences to us.
It is written in the, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phl 4:4).
Later, I saw the following passage of words in a spiritual book, “In the Bible are the words ‘Rejoice ever more. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks’ (1 Thess 5:16-18). Rejoicing ever more, is this easy to achieve? This must be put into practice, you must make it into reality. Praying without ceasing—this is a source of, and path to, rejoicing ever more, and in this you will be able to give thanks in every thing. When you have joy and know thankfulness, when you know that all God does is good, and know how much grace you have gained from God, and how many blessings you have gained from Him, then you will know to be thankful to God. ‘All God does is good.’ Only when you have a heart such as this, and knowledge such as this, will you be able to truly obey God, have love for God in your heart, be satisfied, and know to obey all of the environments arranged by God. … if people are able to put these small words into practice, and do so often, then they can make you change, they can transform you, they can turn your circumstances around, and make you strong, you won’t be timid, you won’t retreat, they will turn you into someone with confidence.” So, no matter what we encounter, we should always rejoice, unceasingly offer our thanks and prayers of praise to God, and calmly accept and obey God’s orchestration and arrangements. After many experiences, we will see all that God does is love and protection for us.