Blessings come in many ways
Many years ago, when I first started to advise people on how to improve their health, I realised that most of them wanted to have some guarantee that they could expect a result from their efforts. I came across a proverb which summed up the state of mind most people find themselves in.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable. But to be certain is to be ridiculous.
Most people find the uncertainties in life unbearable. They are constantly asking for some assurance to feel a little more secure in the choices they do or do not make. Very often they will want to know that their proposed treatment will be effective, even before they start! To guarantee any outcome is impossible. If often ask of them, “Tell me, can you be sure that you will sleep in your bed tonight?” This question makes you realise that even what you assume to be the obvious might never be. Many years ago, I was privileged to meet a wise man. He told me the following story to help me understand that things are never as they seem to be.
Once there was a man who lived with his son in a remote part of the country. Together they worked the land to make a living. The father was dependant on his son as he was strong. One day, the father heard his son call to him excitedly. He opened the door to find his son standing in the hot sun, holding the reins of a white stallion.
“Look Father! I found this horse wandering in the bush. I managed to catch him and bring him to you. How lucky we are! This horse will help us to plough the land and plant a lot of seed. Father! This is our luckiest day!” The son was very excited and happy.