I read a story a short time ago. I don’t remember where. I hope my memory serves it some justice as I recount it here:
A prince had a friend who viewed all acts of misfortune as something good wrapped in evil. When an accident occurred his response was always with a “This is good” in spite of it. His optimistic attitude is what drew the prince to this man, and the reason he became friends and kept him as his companion. The prince took his companion on all sorts of outings and excursions.
One day the prince took his friend for a day of hunting pheasant. They were having an enjoyable time until the prince raised his gun to shoot at some pheasant and his gun exploded and blew off his thumb. As he was in great pain, his friend came over to him and said, “This is good’. But this time it was too much for the prince and in his anger, had him thrown in prison.
About a year later the prince was in another land hunting game by himself (as his friend was still in prison back home) when he was captured by cannibals.
As the cannibals were preparing the cook fire, and him as the meal, they noticed suddenly he was missing a thumb. Now being superstitious, and believing they could cook only perfect specimens, they immediately released him from his plight.
Upon returning home he immediately had his friend released from prison, realizing that his missing thumb was, indeed, after all, a good thing.
After summoning his friend, and telling him the story, he apologized profusely for having him imprisoned due to an insufferable fit of temper.
His friend shook his head and said, “No need to apologize, this is good.”
The prince said, “How can you say that? You just spent a year in prison for no good reason.”
His friend said, “Yes, but if I hadn’t been in prison I would have been with you at the time; and I don’t have a missing thumb.”
The shifting of paradigms is a matter of how we look at occurrences of life; our personal perspective and trusting God through it all. Also called having a “biblical worldview,” it can mean that changing the world is sometimes just a matter of our being in it. Whether it’s for better or worse is up to us. Our perspective of life events can mean the difference between being of noble character or of lowly.
(1 Tim. 3:2 – Proverbs 31:10-31) – g.w
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.