Hope you are all doing well. I pray to God for you all that He keeps you well now and always.
Once there were two squirrels. One was a pious squirrel and the other was an atheist. The second squirrel always used to make fun of the first squirrel for being so pious and devoted to God. But the pious squirrel never bothered about it. He kept always cool. Not only that, but whenever time permitted, the first squirrel used to talk to the second one about God and some spiritual things like this. They were very good friends though.
Once these two squirrels were playing on a tree running up and down. When they were playing like that, the pious squirrel slipped and fell down from the tree. Though he was a little hurt, he thanked God for saving him from a bigger danger. The second squirrel burst into laughter. The second squirrel said to the first one, “You will never come to your senses. Even now when you are hurt, you thank your God. Why don’t you ask your God and tell me why he let you fall down from the tree?” Saying so the atheist squirrel kept laughing louder and harder. The first squirrel did not mind it.
As the atheist squirrel was laughing so loud, he could not notice the snake that was coming behind him. The first squirrel who saw the snake tried to warn him by loudly calling him and telling him that there was a snake coming behind him. But because the squirrel was laughing so hard with closed eyes, he could not hear the warning. So, the snake came and swallowed the second squirrel.
Our faith sometimes will be tested with some little inconveniences in our lives. Those inconveniences and troubles come to us to strengthen our faith. God will never leave us alone, because we are all His creatures. He wants us to be happy always. When inconveniences occur, we should know that God is there looking at us. I read somewhere this: If God grants what we ask for, we have faith in God. If He does not give what we ask for, God has faith in us. This is very true. God also has faith in our abilities to overcome all troubles and discomforts. That is why He lets us sometimes go through tiny inconveniences. That is why in times of misfortune we need to think more of God rather than being immersed in those misfortunes.
This doesn’t happen a lot of times, because we do not want to have what God wants to offer to us, but we want God to offer us what we want. When this does not happen, we become more frustrated and our faith falters. That is not going to do us any good. Only our firmness in faith will bring us closer to Him and keep us in good fortunes.
Trust in God, even in times of misfortunes.
Fr. A. Antony.