46 • The Monitor • March 9, 2006
Things are not always the way they seem
CHAP. (MAJ.) MARK JOHNSTON couple to take the wife, but I gave him the cow what they seem to be.
USASMA instead! Things are not always the way they seem!” The Apostle Paul said, “All things work together
In Elmer Bendiner’s book, The Fall of for the good of them that love God and who are
There is a story of two traveling angels who Fortresses, the story is related about the airplane called according to His purpose.”
spend a couple of nights in a small village. pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress who tells of one This Scripture points to the fact that God has a
The first night they are reluctantly hosted by a bombing run when enemy anti-aircraft guns hit his plan for all those who love Him. Sometimes that
very wealthy man, who is also a very selfish and plane’s fuel tanks. Instead of exploding, a seeming plan only becomes apparent as difficult circum-
greedy person. Instead of placing his guests in one miracle occurred and the stances drive us into blessings we would otherwise
of his mansion’s many bedrooms, he places them in B-17 was able to miss. Sometimes we are forced to endure uncom-
the cold, damp basement where the heavenly vis- make it back to fortable situations in order to realize a greater way
itors spend a sleepless night. base safely. of life, which may be a better job, a higher calling, a
Early in the morning, one of the Later, the more stable relationship, or a deepening spirituality
angels repairs a hole in the wall of the crew chief that we eventually recognize as necessary to experi-
basement as the other angel watches. reported ence real joy and peace. Paul also wrote from a
“What are you doing?” asks the that not prison cell, “In all things give thanks!” In fact, most
younger angel. The older one one, but of Paul’s writings occurred while he was incarcerat-
replies, “Things are not always e l e v e n ed for the cause of Jesus Christ. While Paul may not
the way they seem!” s h e l l s have understood the future impact he would make
That following night, the entered the on the entire world, writing as he did from the dark-
angels are hosted by a very volatile fuel ened and damp cells of Rome, we today can grate-
poor couple who gracious- tanks, and fully acknowledge that had not Paul willingly suf-
ly share everything they all of them fered the hardships of prison, generations of people
own. The next morn- remained unex- would never have known the blessedness of the
ing, the angels meet ploded. As each message of God’s Kingdom which Paul so fervently
the tearful couple who shell was lived and preached.
have discovered that opened and exam- So now let us ask and look at the following hard
their only milking ined, no explosive questions. How much are we willing to surrender to
cow has died. The charge was found. Each the assurance and guidance of God? Can we possi-
younger angel questions was a harmless bly look beyond the immediate hardships of our dif-
the older angel, saying, “Why dummy. A note found ficult circumstances and await the blessing that will
did you allow this couple to in the last shell, written in come?
suffer after they did so much Czech, said: “This is all That’s what God promises to any who love and
for us?” we can do for you now.” serve Him because His promises are never empty or
Finally, the older angel explained; “I patched The pilot and crew’s void. His blessings will come. Even though we may
the hole in the wealthy man’s mansion because expectation of disaster was a natural con- not understand a situation we’re faced with, let’s
there was undiscovered treasure there, and his sequence of being fired upon. However, remember that God does understand. He will make
greed and selfishness won’t be rewarded. Then the message that was discovered fostered sense of everything in His timing, and for that rea-
last night the angel of death came to this older the realization that sometimes things are not always son we can thank Him for all things!
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