A few weeks later, the mare returns. Not only is she pregnant but she has brought
a strong, young stallion with her. The neighbors cry out "what great luck you have" but the farmer only says, "Maybe.
Then, the farmer's
son tries to ride the stallion. He is thrown off and breaks his leg. The neighbors shake their heads at this terrible luck
but the old farmer replies, "Maybe, we'll see".
Soon after, a great warlord sweeps into the village and conscripts every young male into his army. Of
course, the farmer's son is left behind because of his broken leg. The neighbors weep with grief and frustration at
the loss of their sons and envy the farmer who nods his head wisely and says, "Maybe, we'll see"...
This story is, of course, about the changes
and chances that effect everyone on this earth. None of us can claim to understand the purpose and outcome of any event. We
label it "good" or "bad" from our own narrow perspective.
Baha'is (unlike the villagers in the story who knew fortune and misfortune when they saw it -- but were
always wrong) are advised to see ALL things as positives because, as 'Abd'ul-Baha says:
"This phrase of Baha'u'llah's
Say: all things are of God
cleanses the heart of enmity and hatred."