When a king imprisoned his minister and sentenced him to death!
Once upon a time, a king was talking to his ministers and commander-in-chief. While he was talking, someone came and handed him a new sword. The king began to see the sharpness of the sword while talking to the ministers. While he was checking the sharpness of the sword, he was hurt – he got a cut on his finger and began moaning in pain. A doctor was immediately called and he dressed and bandaged the king’s wound.
The king’s prime minister came forward and said, “Don’t worry my lord. It’s just a small wound. It will heal soon. My lord, believe me, everything happens for a good reason.” The king got angry at the prime minister because of what he said and ordered to imprison him. The soldiers came and arrested the minister. The king taunted the minister and said, “Now say that everything happens for some good reason! Am I arresting you for any good reason?”
The prime minister kept mum and smiled at the king. The king got angrier and sentenced him to death! He ordered to hang the minister on the new moon night. The minister was still smiling – he was indifferent to what the king said.
After three days the king’s pain vanished and the cut was almost healed. So, he decided to go on a hunt in the jungle. In the jungle, the king got separated from his soldiers and other ministers and guards. While the king was riding alone in the jungle, barbaric members of the tribe surrounded him and tried to sacrifice him to their God.
They brought the king to a temple. Before the sacrifice, the priest checked the king’s entire body. He saw the cut on king’s finger. He refused to accept the king as a sacrifice. He said the victim should be without any wound as the ritual does not permit to accept any victim with even the smallest injury.
The tribesmen let the king go, as the priest advised. Relieved and free, the king returned to the palace. He remembered what the minister said, “Everything happens for a good reason.” He released the minister from the jail and asked for an apology.
The king asked the minister, “In my case, it happened for a good reason. But, I arrested you for no reason and without any fault. Do you still believe that what happened to you was for any good reason?” With a smile, the minister replied, “Yes, my lord. I still believe that whatever happened, it happened for good. If you wouldn’t have imprisoned me, I would have been with you. And the tribesmen would have killed me.”
Everything does happen for a good reason, we must just have the patience to find the good in it.