Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives.
He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her
with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her
nothing but the best.
He also loved the 3rd wife
very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.
He also loved his 2nd wife.
She was his confidant and was always so kind, considerate and patient with him.
Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help
him get through the difficult times.
The King's 1st wife was a
very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth
and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him
deeply, he hardly took notice of her!
One day, the King fell ill
and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered,
"I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone."
Thus, he asked the 4th
wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and
showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep
me company?" "No way!” replied the 4th wife and she walked away without
another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad King then asked the
3rd wife, "I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!”
replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife,
"I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me.
When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I
can't help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out:
"I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The King
looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered
from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of
you when I had the chance!"
In truth, we all have the 4
wives in our lives:
Our 4th wife is our body.
No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will
leave us when we die.
Our 3rd wife is our
possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.
Our 2nd wife is our family
and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they
can stay by us is up to the grave.
And our 1st wife is our
Soul; often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.
However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.
Cultivate, strengthen and
cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne
of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.
Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're
in the perfect position to pray.