There is a Chinese story of a farmer who
used an old horse to till his fields.
One day, the horse escaped into the
hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized
the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied,
"Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?
" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of
horses from the hills and this time the
neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was,
Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"
Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses,
he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck
Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"
Some weeks later, the army marched into the village
conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there.
When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg,
they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?
Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be
a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on
the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we
leave it to God to decide what is good fortune and what misfortune,
and thank him that all things turn out for good
with those who love him.