There was a Kingdom that changes their king every two years. And any king whose turn is to become the king. Had to accept, that he would be sent to an island, at the end of the two-years.
A day came when one of the kings finished his tenor. And it was time for him to be taken to the island.
He was dressed in expensive clothes and was taking around the entire kingdom to say goodbye to his people. This has been the culture and tradition of this kingdom.
It has always been a moment of grief and sorrow. For all the kings that have ruled over the kingdom. After his farewell bid to the people.
They took him with a boat to a distant island and left him there, as usual. On their way back to their kingdom. They found a ship that had sunk in the ocean.
And also a young man who survived by holding on to a floating piece of wood. As they are in need of a new king, they picked him up and took him to their country.
When they reach home they changed his garment and gave him food to eat and also some drinks. After that, they asked him to be their king for the next two years.
First, he refused to accept the offer, but later he agreed to be the king. The elders informed him of all the rules and regulations in the land. And that he will be sent to an island at the end of his two years reign.
After three days of being a king, he asked the elders of the land to show him the island. Where all the other kings were sent after their reigns, which they agreed and took him to the island.
As they got there, he saw a place covered with thick forest, filled with all kinds of wild animals. The king went a little bit inside to check, and he discovered the dead bones of all the past kings.
He was astonished when he discovered that, those kings were killed by the wild animals. Immediately they were left on the island by their people.
He said to himself, if I did not do something as fast as I can, I will one day be like these people. The king went back to his palace and was confused about what to do.
Later he went to a nearby kingdom and hired 50 strong young men. And took them to the island, and instructed them to clean the Forest, cut down all the big trees, and kill the deadly and dangerous animals in there.
He decided to be visiting the island every month to see how the work was progressing. In the first month, they were able to kill most of the dangerous animals, and many trees cut down.
In the second month, the whole island was cleared of the bush. The king then told the workers to start planting gardens in different parts of the island.
He also took useful animals such as chickens, goats, cows, dogs, etc to the island. In the third month, he ordered the workers to build big houses and waterfront sites for ships.
Within one year the island was turned into a beautiful city. This young king always wears simple clothes and spend very little from his earnings as a king.
He was sending all his earnings to the island for storage. After one year and ten months, the wise and clever king called the elders and told them.
I know that in the next two months, which will mark the end of my reign as a king in this land. I will be taking to the island, but I would like to go there right now.
But the elders didn’t agree to this request but insisted he must stay, till his tenor ends. When the two years were over, the people dressed him up and put him on a donkey.
They took him around the Kingdom to say goodbye to the people. However, this is usually a sad moment for all the kings that have ruled this kingdom.
But to this young king, he is happy to leave the kingdom. People asked him, every other king would cry at this moment. But to you, you are smiling and happy, why?
He replied and said, the wise people said that when you came to this world as a baby, you were crying and everyone was smiling.
And when you live a good life and die. You will be smiling while everyone around you will be crying. I have lived that kind of life the king said.
While all the other kings were lost into the riches, fame, and enjoyment of this life in the kingdom. I have always considered the future and planned for it.
Because no one knows, in what land or area he is to die. I have turned the deadly island into a beautiful home. Where I can stay peacefully with my generation unborn.
Therefore, in this life, we shouldn’t be carried away by the deceptive and attractive things of this world. And forget about what is to come in the afterlife.
Determine to live a simple life like our Lord Jesus Christ. Who because of the love He had for mankind made himself poor for us to be rich.
Also, remember that the life of this world is to prepare us for the life hereafter. Because no one knows, in what land or area he is to die. Its only God who has the full knowledge and He is acquainted with all things.
May God almighty make it easy for us all, and help us as we push for our destiny. Amen!!!