Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Two traveling angels, one older, one younger, stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.
The family refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room.
Instead they offered the angels a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.
When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied:
“Things aren't always what they seem."
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed so angels could have a good night's rest.
The younger angel was infuriated. She shouted at the older angel: “How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.”
“Things aren't always what they seem,” the older angel replied.
“When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it.”
“Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. “
Indeed, things aren't always what they seem.