(Moral and Religious Anecdotes)
A merchant was one day returning from market. He was on horseback, and his saddlebag was filled with money. The rain fell with violence, and the good old man was wet to his skin. At this he was vexed, and murmured because God had given him such bad weather for his journey.
He soon reached the borders of a thick forest. What was his terror on beholding on one side of the road a robber, with leveled gun, aiming at him, and attempting to shoot him! But the gunpowder being wet by the rain, the gun did not go off — and the merchant, giving spurs to his horse, fortunately had time to escape.
As soon as he found himself safe, he said to himself: "How wrong was I, not to endure the rain patiently, as sent by Divine Providence! If the weather had been dry and fair, I probably would not have been alive at this hour, and my little children would have expected my return in vain. The rain, which caused me to murmur, came at a fortunate moment to save my life and preserve my money!"
And thus it is with a multitude of our afflictions. By causing us slight and short sufferings — they preserve us from others far greater and of longer duration.
"We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!" Romans 8:28