A story – a farmer’s only horse broke lose and ran away. Filled with good intentions, neighbors came expressing their thoughts – how terrible, what’s going to happen – on and on they went sharing their drama filled concerns. The wise farmer reminded them it is what it is, not good or bad, just what is. The neighbors went on their way puzzled by the farmer’s statement. Two weeks later, the horse returned with 10 others following and the good intention neighbors were no where to be found.

Expected and unexpected events happen. They are neither good nor bad unless we label them so. We may not understand everything that happens in our lives, but we can trust and believe that all things work together for our good somehow and someway.

The next time we find ourselves event labeling, stop and whisper only goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life (Psalm 23:6), and so it will be, Amen.