Giving thanks.


An African king had a close friend who had the habit of remarking “this
is good”, about every occurrence in life no matter what it was. One day
the king and his friend were out hunting. The king’s friend loaded a
gun and handed it to the king,  alas he loaded it wrong , when the
king fired it, his thumb was blown off.

“This is good!” exclaimed his friend.

Horrified and bleeding, the king shouted, “How can this be
good?”, and the king locked his friend in prison.

A year later the king went hunting by himself. Cannibals captured
him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some
wood, set up a stake and bound him to it. As they came near to set fire
to the wood, they noticed the king was missing a thumb. Being
superstitious, they untied the king and sent him on his way.

Full of remorse the king rushed to the prison to release his friend.

“You were right, it was good” the king said.

The king told his friend how the missing thumb saved his life and
added, “I feel so sad that I locked you in jail. What a foolish
thing to do”

“No! this is good!” responded his delighted friend.

“Oh, how could that be good my friend, I did a terrible injustice to you, while I
owe you my very life”.

“It is good” said his friend, “if I were not in jail, I would have been
hunting with you, and I would be dinner!”

Source unknown

Genesis 50:20  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


  1. that was a wonderful post

  2. This is good! I loved the story! It’s a great reminder that in all circumstances, God will use both the good and the bad things to His advantage.

    Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    God Bless!
    Joshua J. Huffman

    • Hi Joshua, Thanks for the encouraging comments, and for checking out my article.

  3. Dave Knickerbocker

    Very nice. This may be an illustration for me to use some Sunday morning!

    • Hi Dave, That is exciting to hear. I’m glad you found this story useful. Take care.

      • Dave Knickerbocker

        I just noticed you live in Canandaigua. I grew up in Syracuse and started a church on the west end of Rochester. Canandaigua is a very nice place.

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