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Everything happens for a reason: The King and His Assistant Story
Have you ever questioned God about the bad things that happened in your life? That you just can’t understand it, why such thing needs to happen? Well, the first thing you need to convince yourself is, we are not called to understand his ways but to trust and have faith in him. If you are currently in the condition I mentioned above,
I have here a story to share with you that will hopefully make you feel better. A good friend of mine relayed this story to me a couple of months ago. I got struck by the message and tried to search it over the internet to know where it came from and to give credit to the original writer but haven’t found any piece of it, so I decided to reconstruct it the way I remembered. This is for all people out there who are in the midst of doubt and uncertainty. Take time to read it, and be blessed!
The King and His Assistant
Once there was a king who has an intimate assistant. This assistant has been the king’s dearest and closest friend for a very long time. He has his assistant along with him in all of his journeys and struggles. This assistant has a weird habit of saying “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. Whatever happens to them, be it good or bad, he never fails to acclaim “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!” Whenever they win, when they survived an attack of mountain bandits or when they were caught outside in a terrible storm in the night, the assistant acclaims “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time and all the time God is good.” The king kept on noticing this but just didn’t mind it at all. He just thought his assistant is a little crazy.
One day as they were traveling across the desert, the king accidentally fell down from his horse, to which the assistant smiled and acclaimed “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!” the king felt upset and reprimanded his assistant thinking that he was mocking him.
The king's favorite hobby is to go hunting, and each time he ventures for hunting he only bring along with him his dearest assistant.
In a hunting venture, the two came across with a forest never been conquered before by anyone else. It’s vast, and covered with thick wild vegetation. There’s no way in, so they have to cut their way through the deep vines and bushes. The assistant cuts the way through and the king follows along. As the assistant goes on cutting, he accidentally dangled his sword to a wrong direction and cut the king’s right thumb! Right away he sincerely apologized and acclaimed “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!” But the king was infuriated and right when they came home; he ordered the arrest and imprisonment of his dearest assistant.
The assistant was thrown to jail as ordered and was left to live there miserably for the rest of his life, to which he still smiled and acclaimed, as he always did “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!”
With his assistant gone, the king was all alone in his next hunting venture. He decided not to bring along anyone else since there’s nobody else ever dearest to him like his former assistant, who he thought had betrayed him.
On his hunting venture alone, he came to a forest infiltrated by cannibals. He was caught instantly and is to be cooked over a fire in their celebration. Unknowingly, these cannibals have a ritual; before they cook their victim, they summoned their high priest first to check if the victim is pure and clean to be eaten. So the high priest ascended to the altar and examined the king. The high priest noticed the king’s right thumb is missing, and concluded that the victim is not pure because a body part was missing, so he was set free.
The king to his great joy, run home straight into his assistant’s prison cell, released him, thanked him and for the first time acclaimed “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!” He told his assistant everything, how the accidental cut had saved him from being toasted alive, to which the assistant smiled and also acclaimed “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!”
Then the king asked his assistant if he can be his assistant once again. The assistant smiled and replied “of course my friend!” The king wondered and asked “you’re really a little crazy are you? After I have thrown you to jail and made your life miserable, you are still smiling at me and accepted me right away without hesitation. Are you not angry with me? ” The assistant replied “No my dearest king, in fact I must have to thank you!” The king asked with puzzled mind “But why?” The assistant replied happily “Because if you hadn’t thrown me to jail, I would have been with you in that hunting venture, both of us would have been caught and examined, but you will be released because your thumb is missing and I will die because my body parts are complete!”
The king and his assistant cherished the moment and praised God for his wonderful ways. They were both saved by an unpleasant incident that later turned into a blessing in disguised. And since then, the king adopted his assistant’s weird habit. Through good times and bad times, whatever happened, they both acclaim “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!
Oftentimes, we see God as a God of obscurity; we do not understand him or the ways he lead us into. But if we do not understand it, maybe because it is not meant to be understood, it’s just meant to be taken. None of us really knows what lies ahead of us but God has given us the assurance that whatever happens, everything has a reason and the reason is always to make us a better person. God knows we are frail and can easily be broken, because he created us that way, and the reason he is leading us to paths of pains and challenges, is because it is often through these ways that the best lessons in life are learned and the strongest characters are built.
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