The Big Picture
Have you heard the story about the farmer who lived in ancient times? He had a lovely farm and one son and one horse. One day they found the gate to the corral open and the horse was missing. All his friends and neighbors gathered around and said “Oh no, you poor man. You’ve lost your only horse, how terrible!” He answered, “Maybe yes, maybe no.” His son then borrowed a horse and went to look for their missing animal. In a while, his father looked up and saw his son coming towards him riding the missing horse and behind him was a whole heard of horses. He opened the gate and all the horses ran into the corral. All his friends and neighbors gathered around and said “Oh, you lucky man. You’ve not only found your horse. You now have a whole heard of horses, how wonderful!” He answered, “Maybe yes, maybe no.” His son began taming the wild horses and one day he fell off and broke his leg. All his friends and neighbors gathered around and said “Oh no, you poor man. Your only son has broken his leg and now he cannot help you with all the work on your farm, how terrible!” He answered, “Maybe yes, maybe no.” While his son was recuperating, the local war lord and his men showed up. They were conscripting all the eligible young men to fight in their war. Of course, they could not take the farmer’s son because of his broken leg. Once again, all his friends and neighbors gathered around and said “Oh, you lucky man. Your only son has been saved from fighting for the local war lord, how wonderful!” I’m not going to tell you his answer. I think you already know it.
For me, this is why I practice my faith. I don’t want it to be all about life after death. I want to live this life with the trust that God really does want only my best and that if I practice that, if I trust, all will be well. It may not be the way I expected. It may not be anything like what I had asked for but if I believe that whatever is happening is exactly what should be happening, think of the peace I experience. I must confess it’s not an easy process, simple maybe, but not easy. It takes work. It takes staying connected to the Divine at every possible moment. I have a wonderful meditation tape by Belleruth Naparstak. At one point in the tape she speaks about all the angels and guides who are surrounding the listener and then as they begin to fade away they say, “Remember, we are always with you. It is you who comes and goes.” What comfort that brings me. If I can stay focused, if I choose to stay in the presence of God, God will always be with me. That’s my choice; that’s my meditation; to remain in the presence of God and with all my angels and helpers as often as possible and to trust in their divine protection. Then, when faced with a challenging situation instead of labeling it ‘good or bad, lucky or unlucky” I can simply watch it and think “maybe yes, maybe no.”