Frank shared the essence of this story with me quite some time ago. I've written what I could remember. Simple truth is often the most profound.........
There is a fable about a king who owned an amazingly beautiful ring. All who lived in his kingdom knew the intricate designs of the gorgeous piece of jewelry. Such an amazing statement piece needed a proper inscription.
The king called for his most trusted advisor, a man known to be of outstanding wit and wisdom. “This ring must be inscribed with a sentiment unlike any other; something totally awe inspiring. I want you to find a statement that at the same time brings sorrow to the heart of the one rejoicing and joy to the heart of the sorrowful,” declared the sovereign.
For days the wise man labored under his assignment until at last the perfect words came together for him. He asked for an audience with the king and it was granted immediately.
Everyone in the throne room waited silently; they leaned forward with anticipation of what the sage would say to the royal. “Sire, your request was indeed a difficult one to fulfill. I’m not sure there has ever before been such a statement as the one you desired for the inscription your ring will bear. However, I do believe I finally have struck upon it.”
“Well, speak up, man! Don’t keep me waiting, “ the king’s excitement couldn’t be hidden.
“The phrase that will simultaneously bring sorrow to the joyful and joy to the sorrowful is this, O King…… ‘And it came to pass’.” The words hung in the silent expanse and the sage bowed low waiting for the king to ponder them.
“And it came to pass…, “ whispered the monarch as he stroked his beard pensively. “Yes,” his weathered face nodded slowly. “Those five words will indeed simultaneously bring sorrow for the joyful and joy for the sorrowful. ‘And it came to pass.’
Indeed the one constant is that everything in life changes. Even moments of greatest joy eventually fade into tomorrow. The anticipation of that change would cause the one rejoicing to have great sorrow. And so it is with the one who finds himself in a time of sorrow. Eventually the day of newness dawns and sorrow is finished. The hope of that day gives the sorrowful great joy. Well done, my friend. Well done!”
The words of the sage ring true still today for each and every season of our life journey.“And it came to pass….”