this is my story is told of a king in
Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The
friend had a habit of looking at every situation that
ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and
remarking, "This is good!"
One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting
expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns
for the king. The friend had apparently done something
wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the
gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was
blown off. Examining the situation the friend remarked as
usual, "This is good!" To which the king replied, "No,
this is NOT good!" and proceeded to send his friend to
About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that
he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured
him and took him to their village. They tied his hands,
stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the
As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed
that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious,
they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So
untying the king, they sent him on his way. As he
returned home, he was reminded of the event that had
taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his
friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his
friend. "You were right," he said, "it was good that my
thumb was blown off." And he proceeded to tell the friend
all that had just happened. "And so I am very sorry for
sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do
"No," his friend replied, "This is good!"
"What do you mean,'This is good'? How could it be good
that I sent my friend to jail for a year?"
"If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you."
"And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called according
to His purpose."