Y'all all know I recently lost my horse. What I didn't tell y'all was that my Dad was having lots of trouble. He would wake up in the morning, and his foot just wouldn't "work" right, but by the afternoon, he was okay. One morning, he went to scratch his nose and hit his ear. We were thinking it may be a stroke. He went and got an MRI and ultrasound of the carotid artery. Artery was clear, but MRI showed a spot on the brain, so they made severe adjustments to his meds (bad diabetic), and are doing follow ups. Tech said it was great that Mom made him go in, cause this could have caused a horrible stroke. Then Mom sent me an email yesterday with an attachment. She said she thought about Dad and Dusty (my horse). It gave me chills to the bone, thought y'all would really enjoy reading it, and it might apply to some of y'all... "Two Travelling Angels" 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 space in the cold basement. As they made their bedroom 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 nights' 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 so little, but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die." "Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "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 her the cow instead. "Things aren't always what they seem. " Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way you think 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. "Things aren't always what they seem."