Taken from “Letting God. Christian Mediatations for Recovery”, by A. Philip Parham.
Portion of the Mediatation for March 23rd.
A Chinese tale tells the story of an old farmer and his only son. One night the old man’s horse escaped and the neighbors came to comfort him in his loss. He said, “How do you know that this is bad luck?” Several days later, his horse returned with a herd of wild horses. Now his friends congratulated the farmer for his good fortune, but the old man said, “How do you know this is a good thing?” His son broke his leg trying to tame one of the wild horses. Again, the neighbors gathered, this time to bemoan this new misfortune. “How do you know this is ill fortune?” asked the old man. Soon a war lord came to recruit able-bodied youth for his army, and the farmer’s son escaped conscription because of his broken leg. In true fashion, the farmer’s friends expressed their pleasure over such good luck. Here the story ends, but it cold go on forever.
It seemed like a bad day when Christ cried out in pain and anguish on the cross. Yet God always has the last word. He brings Easter out of all Good Fridays, even as new Good Fridays follow our new resurrections.
Easter is always the final word.
If you need some appropriate background music to reflect on that, may I suggest: Open To Me The Doors of Repetance.