Had I known
It was raining heavily when I heard a knock at my door, I opened. standing before me was a young man with a bushy hair, dirty shoe, well soaked by the rain, looking too unkept for my liking.
Good morning, he greeted with humility , how may I help you? I replied in a displeasing manner.
Please sir kindly help me with your umbrella if you have any, my journey is still very far from here, I promise to return it tomorrow morning. I looked at him for a while, suddenly some thoughts came into my mind. Why would someone who’s already soak be asking for an umbrella, what if he doesn’t return it? I don’t trust you, but I will give you, I said. But make sure you return it tomorrow as you have promised.
I went in and got an old umbrella that i stopped using for months and gave to him. Thank you very much, he happily expressed and left. Next morning, a knock at my door, I came out and saw two handsome men dressed in a royal apparel. Good morning sirs, I humbly bowed in greetings, Good morning, they replied, here is a present for you from our prince, son of the Emperor. I don’t know any prince, i muttered. They brought out a well pakaged golden Box on the top of it they wrote, “thanks for yesterday” I said to them, sorry I can’t remember meeting or helping any prince yesterday, one of them brought out another present here is also yours from the prince, I excitedly unwrap the gift in their presence behold it was exactly my old dirty umbrella that I gave to the poor young man yesterday. I screamed in tears, I didn’t give him my best, I had the best umbrella, but i gave him the worst and ugly (I wept bitterly) the voice echoed so loud, IT IS TOO LATE TO APOLOGIZE.
When I lifted up my face both men had disappeared. I asked my self, how has my services to God and humanity been? Ask yourself too…. Are you giving Him your best? or your Worst? Let this story be your mirror every day, look into your life again and again and Answer the above Question. As for me, I am Still asking God for Mercy….
Had I known.