Good Grief....and so much more

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jackbro35
jackbro35 Member Posts: 7
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Well its me the chicken....managed to get through my core biopsy on Tuesday - yay - thought for a minute or two I would not be able to to it....still waiting for my results.

You all are so very wonderful and brave and smart. I enjoy reading your posts and so wish I could offer you more in knowledge and feelings. I pull for everyone of you and think of you often through out the day.

wanted to share a story that my most favortie aunt sent me.....

The Woodcutter's Wisdom
by Max Lucado


Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before—such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength.

People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. "This horse is not a horse to me," he would tell them. "It is a person. How could you sell a person? He is a friend, not a possession. How could you sell a friend?" The man was poor and the temptation was great. But he never sold the horse.

One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable. All the village came to see him. "You old fool," they scoffed, "we told you that someone would steal your horse. We warned you that you would be robbed. You are so poor. How could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better to have sold him. You could have gotten whatever price you wanted. No amount would have been too high. Now the horse is gone, and you've been cursed with misfortune."

The old man responded, "Don't speak too quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know; the rest is judgment. If I've been cursed or not, how can you know? How can you judge?"

The people contested, "Don't make us out to be fools! We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed. The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse."

The old man spoke again. "All I know is that the stable is empty, and the horse is gone. The rest I don't know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can't say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?"

The people of the village laughed. They thought that the man was crazy. They had always thought he was a fool; if he wasn't, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it. He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool.

After fifteen days, the horse returned. He hadn't been stolen; he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Once again the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke. "Old man, you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse was a blessing. Please forgive us."

The man responded, "Once again, you go too far. Say only that the horse is back. State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don't judge. How do you know if this is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment. Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge? You read only one page of a book. Can you judge the whole book? You read only one word of a phrase. Can you understand the entire phrase?

"Life is so vast, yet you judge all of life with one page or one word. All you have is a fragment! Don't say that this is a blessing. No one knows. I am content with what I know. I am not perturbed by what I don't."

"Maybe the old man is right," they said to one another. So they said little. But down deep, they knew he was wrong. They knew it was a blessing. Twelve wild horses had returned with one horse. With a little bit of work, the animals could be broken and trained and sold for much money.

The old man had a son, an only son. The young man began to break the wild horses. After a few days, he fell from one of the horses and broke both legs. Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments.

"You were right," they said. "You proved you were right. The dozen horses were not a blessing. They were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs, and now in your old age you have no one to help you. Now you are poorer than ever."

The old man spoke again. "You people are obsessed with judging. Don't go so far. Say only that my son broke his legs. Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse? No one knows. We only have a fragment. Life comes in fragments."

It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in war against a neighboring country. All the young men of the village were required to join the army. Only the son of the old man was excluded, because he was injured. Once again the people gathered around the old man, crying and screaming because their sons had been taken. There was little chance that they would return. The enemy was strong, and the war would be a losing struggle. They would never see their sons again.

"You were right, old man," they wept. "God knows you were right. This proves it. Your son's accident was a blessing. His legs may be broken, but at least he is with you. Our sons are gone forever."

The old man spoke again. "It is impossible to talk with you. You always draw conclusions. No one knows. Say only this: Your sons had to go to war, and mine did not. No one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. No one is wise enough to know. Only God knows."

The old man was right. We only have a fragment. Life's mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand book. We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgment on life's storms until we know the whole story.

I don't know where the woodcutter learned his patience. Perhaps from another woodcutter in Galilee. For it was the Carpenter who said it best:

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." (Mt. 6:34)

He should know. He is the Author of our story. And he has already written the final chapter.

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  • Dot53
    Dot53 Member Posts: 239 Member
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    Beautiful .....
    So, beautiful and timely... I for one have been like the foolish villagers and not the wise woodcutter...

    Thank you for reminding me to reserve my judgements ...

    You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

    Best,
    Dot
  • roseann4
    roseann4 Member Posts: 992 Member
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    Dot53 said:

    Beautiful .....
    So, beautiful and timely... I for one have been like the foolish villagers and not the wise woodcutter...

    Thank you for reminding me to reserve my judgements ...

    You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

    Best,
    Dot

    Thanks for the wise advise!
    I will definately pass this on.

    Hi Dot,

    How are you feeling? You and your daughter bring a smile to my face whenever I see your picture.

    Roseann
  • Dot53
    Dot53 Member Posts: 239 Member
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    roseann4 said:

    Thanks for the wise advise!
    I will definately pass this on.

    Hi Dot,

    How are you feeling? You and your daughter bring a smile to my face whenever I see your picture.

    Roseann

    Hi Roseann
    I am better.. thanks for asking.. it has been a rough week for sure..

    The baby I am holding is my sweet grandaughter Leah.. but thanks for the compliment.. I had my kids in my early twenties and now its their turn.. now I can enjoy and spoil my babies and send them home with their mother when I'm done.. Oh, the joys of being a grandparent!!

    Best,
    Dot
  • DianeBC
    DianeBC Member Posts: 3,881 Member
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    roseann4 said:

    Thanks for the wise advise!
    I will definately pass this on.

    Hi Dot,

    How are you feeling? You and your daughter bring a smile to my face whenever I see your picture.

    Roseann

    Thanks for posting this!
    Thanks for posting this!