Monday, January 10, 2011

Good Luck, Bad Luck, Who Knows?

I have a story to tell, but as I've searched around, these sites have told the story in such a way that I love

"Taoism (pronounced Dowism) is an ancient Chinese religion founded in the third or fourth century B.C. by Lao Tzu. Taoism also is called the water course way, for it believes that life flows in much the same way as a river. And like the river, though we are able to have influence over our lives, we are never able to take total control.

The Taoist prefers to look at life events without judgment or interpretation. According to Taoism, the true significance of events can never be understood as they are occurring, for in every event there are elements of both good and bad. Furthermore, each event has no specific beginning or end and may influence future events for years or even centuries to come. An excellent example of the Taoist view of life is found in the following parable of the Taoist farmer."
(from an article by Kent Moreno at the Pediatric Services website.)

"Many years ago, in rural China, there was a farmer who lived quietly with his family on a small plot of land. His family was healthy and happy, but did not have much in the way of material possessions. They worked hard, together, tending to their garden and plowing their fields.

One day, the farmer awoke and discovered that his old quarter-horse, a horse that he depended on for years to plow his fields, had escaped through a broken fence and was nowhere to be seen. A neighbor came by and saw the farmer in his plight, and cried out at the bad luck facing the old man. The old man calmly replied, “good luck, bad luck, who knows,” and went about his business.

A few days later, hearing the thundering sound of hoofs outside his cottage, that farmer looked across a far away hill and saw a whole herd of horses making their way to his horse pen. His old trusty quarter-horse has indeed returned, and brought a few friends! The same neighbor, bearing witness to this amazing sight cried out “wow, what great luck you have!” The farmer calmly replied, “good luck, bad luck, who knows.”

The farmer’s son, seeing the wild horses sitting in the pen, decided to start breaking them in. It was tough work. One day, a stallion bucked and knocked him to the ground, terribly breaking his arm. It was a busy time of year, and his support was desperately needed to work the land. The neighbor saw the plight of the family and cried “wow, what bad luck you have,” to which the father replied, “good luck, bad luck, who knows.”

While his son was recovering, the father was out drawing water for his horses. He saw a battalion of men marching down the lonely road. The captain of the troop came up to the home, and asked if the old farmer had any able-bodied men in his household. The region was at war and they were conscripting all men to fight!

The father could not hide the fact that he had a son, and the captain walked into their home. Upon seeing the state of the boy, with a broken arm, he decided that the boy would be of no use to the military, and the troop kept on walking. Upon seeing this, the neighbor cried out…”what good luck you have!” to which the father replied….”good luck, bad luck, who knows…”

..and so the story continues…"
(from Retold my YogiRavi at Set Higher Standards

As I was looking up the story last night, I came across many versions of the story, but I liked YogiRavi's version best. I included the lead in because it explains Taoism well. Not only that, but I really like what Kent Moreno goes on to say about having a child with "problems". Good luck, bad luck. Who knows?

In a nutshell, this is the mindset I wish to foster this coming year. I want to embrace *everything* God allows to happen to me and all that He gives to me this year.

I think it will definately have an effect on me as I do.


  1. I find Taoism very interesting.
    But I know God is sovereign and He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him.

    I always think of the old hymn. We'll Understand it Better By and By.

    ♥ joy

  2. I agree with you Joy. I find, though, that I immediately assume what is good luck and what is bad luck. I seem to have had lots of bad luck lately... but bad luck, good luck, who knows? (God does, but me? Not so much. :)

  3. like like like!:) I so think this way, and it so explains faith, knowing that God works life out for our good. It's easy to make snap judgements, less easy to stand back and let God be God.