In a monastery lived a certain monk for 18yrs without coming out. The monk,though a holy
man, sometimes questions why God should create people beautiful while others very ugly,some too
tall,others too short,some too fat others thin, why God should make some people to be basking in
wealth, while others living in abject poverty etc.

This disparity was giving him a serious cause for concern and caused him sleepless nights.

One day,an angel of God appeared to him and said,”my friend,you have lived here for a long time
without coming out. Now come with me lets take a walk round the town so that you can refresh your memory with the city life.”

The monk agreed and they set out.

As they were going,they saw a group of people rejoicing and celebrating.

The angel said to the monk,”Let’s enter there”.

They both entered.The owner of the house received them warmly. He offered them food and drink.

After they had eaten (though the angel did not eat but was pretending to be eating) the angel asked the man,”what is this celebration all about?”

The man replied,”The man I had been in enemity with for the past 10 years,called me and made
peace with me. He gave me this golden cup as a sign of our reconciliation, so I called my relations and friends to rejoice with me,for this former enemy of mine has made peace with me”.

The angel nodded and said,”Thank God. It’s more rewarding to be at peace with people than to
keep malice. Go ahead with your celebration but we shall be taking our leave now”.

The man bade them farewell, saying,”Thank sirs for your visit. I appreciate. Farewell”.

The angel and the monk left.

Somewhere along the road,the angel dipped hand inside his pocket and brought out that man’s golden cup and showed to the monk and said,”I have stolen that man’s golden cup”.

The monk was really surprised at this.

“What!”,The monk exclaimed.

“Why did you do such a devilish deed? That man was kind to us. Even without knowing who we were,he received us into his house,gave us food and drink. Why pay him back with evil?”,he added.

The angel told him to keep quiet and stop asking foolish questions.

Helplessly and sheepishly,the monk moved on and the angel followed.

When they got to one bungalow, the angel said to the monk,”Let’s go into that house”.

The monk obeyed. When they
entered,they saw an elderly man
in his late 60’s and a small boy of about 12 years of age.

The man welcomed them and
offered them the much entertainment he could afford.

As they were about to leave,the
angel asked the man,”Who is this
boy?”

“He is my last born”,replied the
man.

“Oh,i love him so much. He is
smart”,The angel said.

The old man smiled at the angel’s
kind gesture.

“He is a good boy. He is really trying”,the old man said smiling.

The angel looked at the monk
and continued,”We want to go to
Agbilaka town,but we don’t know the way. Could you please help us out?”

The old man smiled again and said,”The town is not far from
here anymore. Its a trekkable
distance. Once you come out from
here,take your right. Don’t turn
right or left until you get to a
river. There,take one boat and
get across and that is the town”.

The angel pleaded with the man
to release the little boy,to show
them the way,because they were
strangers and knew nowhere.

The old man agreed.He told his
son to go with them and show
them the way.

“We are grateful,”The angel
said.”Good bye and God bless”.

The boy then escorted the angel
and the monk.When they got to
the river, the boy said to
them,”you will take a boat from
here and get across,that is the
town”.

The angel pleaded with the boy
to help them cross the river
because they are scared of
water.

The boy agreed and went into
the boat with them. Mid way into
the water,the angel held the
boy’s throat, stragled him and
threw him into the river.

On seeing what had happened,the monk shouted,”God deliver me from the hands of the devil! God deliver me from the hands of the devil!”

“Who are you calling devil?”the
angel asked furiously.”Come on
shut up your mouth and keep
going. You don’t know anything”

“You killed that innocent….”,the
monk wanted to argue further in
gripe.

“I said keep quiet!”the angel
roared at him.”keep going!”

After crossing the river,the monk
asked the angel,”Are you sure you
are an angel of God?”

“Of course I am. Keep moving”, The angel replied.

Feeling trapped,the monk moved
on and the angel followed him.

When they got to one thatched-roofed house,the angel said to
the monk,”Let’s go in there”

The monk entered and the angel
followed him.There,they met
another poor elderly man in his
early 60s.The man was overwhelmed with joy on seeing
the guests.He entertained them
with the exiguous and insipid food he had.They ate as usual (though the angel did not eat,he only pretended to be eating).

After they had eaten,they thanked the man for his kind
gesture.They stayed for a while
and then bade him good-bye.

The man saw them off.No sooner
had he(the man)gone back to his
house,than the angel said to the
monk,”please wait for me here,i am coming”.

He went back and set the poor
man’s house on fire and ran back to the monk and said,”Hurry,lets get out of this place!”

They hastened their steps. But as they were going,the angel said to the monk,”Look back”.

The monk looked back and saw a
heavy smoke going up air.

“I have set that man’s house on
fire”,the angel said to the monk.

“Which man?”asked the monk.

“The poor man we have just left
his house of course”, The angel
replied.

This monk looked up above as if
calling upon the heavens to come
and witness the attrocities that
the so called angel has been
comitting.

“Why?”the monk asked furiously.

“God told me to do so”the angel
replied.

“God told you to do evil?”the
monk asked angrily. He was bewildered.

“Who told you it’s evil?”,the angel asked in return with a smile
playing on his face.

“It is 100% evil,devilish and
wicked”the monk replied.

The angel laughed.”It’s
alright. Lets continue our journey”

The monk refused.”take me back
to the monastry. I cant continue
this journey with you. You are
evil. Take me back”, the monk cried.

The angel patted him on the back
and told him not to be afraid, that everything is fine.

“You are only a human being. You cannot the mind of God. Keep moving”

The monk moved on and they
continued on their journey.

Somewhere along the road,they saw one rich man standing near his newly bought flashy car.

The angel said to the monk,”Wait for me”.

The monk waited,while the angel approached the rich man and greeted,”Good day,sir”.

“Good day”,replied the rich man.

“I guess you are the owner of this car”, the angel said.

“Yes,I bought it newly”, the rich man replied hilariously.

“Great!”the angel exclaimed.

He shook hands with the rich man and said,”Congratulations”.

He looked inside the car and nodded his head.

“This is indeed a beautiful car”,the angel remarked.

He then dipped hand inside his pocket and brought out that golden cup he stole from the
first man and handed over to the rich man and said,”I present this golden cup to you for being able to buy this car”

“Thank you so much. I appreciate”, the rich man took the cup,entered into the car and sped off.

Meanwhile,the monk stood speechless,he couldn’t
believe his eyes

“I thought you said you are from heaven?”,he asked the angel.

“Yes I am”,replied the angel. “Is anything the matter”

“So evil deeds started from heaven? Imagine all the atrocities you have been committing…”

“Watch your tongue. I have not committed any atrocity”,the angel cautioned.

“Why did you steal that poor man’s golden cup and gave it to the man who is already rich? At
least you should have left it for him to sell and make some money for himself and for the upkeep
of his family”,the monk argued.

“Listen,never you question the authorities of God. Before God allows anything to happen,there
must be a reason”,the angel convinced him and they continued their journey.

Not more than ten poles from there,they burst out at their starting point.

“Stop here.This is the monastery,from where we
started our journey. Now,listen let me explain everything to you. You see,when those things were
happening,you thought that i was being unfair and wicked.There is a reason for everything that
happens.”

The angel started explaining
everything to the monk.

“You see that man whose golden
cup i stole,is crying now and looking for the cup everywhere.

“But he does not know that he is looking for his death. That his enemy who claimed to have reconciled with him did not actually reconcile with him. He(the enemy) has been looking for a way to kill the man,and when he couldnt find any,he put poison inside the cup and gave to him so that when he drinks with it,he would die.

“That is why God sent me to take the cup away from the innocent man before he drinks with it and
dies”

The monk was speechless. He was beginning to see reasons.

“As for the boy i killed,he is now
in heaven. His father was a
notorious criminal when he was
young, and he was training the
boy to be worse than himself. God then said to me,’Go and bring me that innocent boy
now that his heart is still pure’.

“As regards the man whose
house i set on fire, he was very
rich before. But God decided to
take the riches away from him as
a test of his faith, yet the man
remains faithful to God.

“Consequently, God asked me
to set his house on fire because
He (God) has filled under the
house with gold,and not untill
the house is destroyed,the man
will not rebuild it. Now,when he
will be rebuilding the house,he
will find the gold. And after selling it, he will be ten times richer than he was.

“Do you think i love that rich man I gave the golden cup to? I have
no love for him whatsoever;the
man is the epitome of everything
evil.He sponsors robbers and assasins,he has charms made with human beings,he seizes the lands of the poor especially widows,his workers are not paid,and other evils he commits. Today,G od said that his cup is filled up. As soon as he gets home now,he is going to drink with the cup and that means death for him.

“Can you now see that God’s
ways are different from the ways
of man?”,the angel asked the
monk.

The monk calmly nodded.”Now I have seen that there may be a reason why God created some people tall while others as short, some people rich while others poor and so on.Thank you for showing me these things”, the monk said,nodding positively.

“Now go back to your monastery
and question God’s activities no
more”, the angel finally said and
disappeared.

MORAL OF THE STORY

There is a reason for everything
that happens. God’s ways are
different from the ways of man.

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