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A King’s Lesson

Once there lived a king who delighted in having an audience with a particular prophet who lived in the kingdom’s capital. The two would converse on various subjects, and the prophet’s acuity and sharp intellect amazed the king again and again. No one could compare in counsel or wisdom to that of the young prophet.

The king had a fascination with outings to the country, and he would invite the prophet so that they could discuss the kingdom’s happenings.

The prophet had a way of always weaving into the conversation the idea of divine providence, constantly seeking to connect the unfolding events with God’s underlying presence and guiding hand.

On one of these outings, the king took the prophet hunting. The prophet, unfamiliar with the sport, fumbled with the rifle, and a shot accidentally escaped from the weapon. A bitter scream pierced the forest, a scream from none other than the king himself! The prophet had mistakenly shot the king, damaging his hand forever by shooting off one of his fingers.

Enraged, the bleeding king had his guards imprison the prophet immediately, with swift orders to put him into one of the dungeon’s prison chambers.

Months passed, and the king’s injury slowly healed. His hand was getting stronger, and his desire to go on one of his outings finally made him plan a most extravagant trip to a far-off land.

Throughout his trip, he missed the wisdom and companionship of the brilliant young prophet.

In one particularly exotic location, the king was warned not to leave the camp grounds, because hostile natives lurked. But the king’s adventurous spirit was sparked by the idea of seeing the area as it was and he ventured outside the camp. The king was quickly captured by cannibal tribesmen, and as was their custom, they inspected their “merchandise” before cooking. They were alarmed to find that the enticing specimen before them had a missing finger. Immediately they declared it a bad omen, and discarded the king three miles outside of his campgrounds.

Returning to camp the king was beside himself with joy. The prophet’s “blunder” had saved his life.

He immediately changed course and directed his entourage to return home. He had to speak to the young prophet at once.

When they arrived at the capital, the king immediately set the prophet free.

He asked him:

“You have always spoken of divine providence, and how everything comes down from above for our good, and I see that now. But, I still have one question: what was the divine providence as it relates to you? You were in the dungeon for months; where was the good in that?”

The prophet smiled as he answered, “Your majesty, it is obvious, if I wasn’t in the dungeon, I would have been with you, and the cannibals would have feasted on me.”

I believe the King’s tale holds one of the keys to developing a prosperous economic direction here in Tama County. We must understand that our experiences, even the seemingly negative ones, are somehow really for the best. And in order for growth to happen here we will need to have a long term sense of optimism in our desire to see a brighter, stronger economic future.

In case you’ve been busy with your day-to-day and haven’t heard all the positive economic news occurring in Tama County – you can contact our office and we will get you up-to-date on all that is happening in the county. Contact us at (641) 484-3108 or info@tamacountyiowa.org


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