Jack pulled his hair out. He had lost everything – his house, his car, his job. Boom boom boom. Despite his enormous pain from misfortune, he lowered to his knees everyday and prayed to God almighty that He would help him out of his mess. His prayers weren’t quite Our Fathers, but strings of passionate thought which roped along slews of angry, bitter curse words.
During this time Jack grew closer to God, and could see clearly that God was involved in his life – just not giving him the things he so desired.
One day, as he was praying alone in his room, he heard a chuckle. He turned, and spotted a golden-haired angel.
Falling back at once, Jack gasped loudly and stared blankly at the sweet innocent child. “You’re… you’re… an angel!”
“Oh,” said the angel, “You can see me? I have to go!”
The angel fluttered her wings and started away, but before she could escape Jack caught her by the leg. “No! You’re not going anywhere! You’ve got some explaining to do young lady!”
The angel laughed. “You’re crazy mister. This is gonna piss God off, you know.”
“I don’t care!” Screamed Jack. “I want answers… I need ’em!”
The angel sighed. “Okay, okay. What’s your problem?”
“I lost my job, my house, my car… what’s God doing over there?”
“Well first of all, you lost your job, not God. Second of all, he’s barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers for the great feast.”
“Don’t mess with me! I demand to know why God’s been ignoring me.”
“Ignoring you! Are you stupid? I’m here, aren’t I?”
“Yeah,” began Jack, “But you aren’t doing anything.”
The angel laughed and shook her head. “So what do you want? Your job? Money? Your house?”
“So I can live comfortably.”
The angel smiled and shook her head. “Did you ever stop to think that maybe the road to heaven comes by prayer and devotion, and not by money?”
“Blessed are the poor in Spirit. Do you know what that means, Jackie boy?”
“It means we’re poor here so we’re rich up there.”
The angel shook her head. “No. It means that the less you have, the more you must rely on God. The more you rely on God, the richer you become in Spirit. The richer you are in Spirit, the better things are looking for you and the big man.”
“Judgment day.” The angel smiled, and flew away.
Jack shrugged, got on his knees, and returned to praying. Only this time, when he thanked God, he finally understood why.
– Thomas M. Watt