That evening he lay down by a tree, rummaged through his rucksack pulling out a sandwich to eat.
After a heavy meal He fell asleep.
On the same night in another part of the village the most holy Theotokos approached a peasant man in a dream as he lay asleep in his cabin. “All your prayers have been answered and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams”She explained.”go to the woods in the morning. There you will find a monk laying beneath a tree. Awake him and ask him for the giant diamond in his rucksack and he will gladly give it to you”.
The peasant man upon waking ran into the woods and sure enou there he was laying beneath a tree. He awoke the monk and explained the dream to him. The monk responded “what this thing? I found it in the woods, it was weighing me down any ways so here you can have it.”
The man couldn’t believe his look. His eyes bulged with excitement at his future investment.
Some time later the peasant came back to the monk who by now was in the middle of morning prayers.
The monk surprised to see him again said “what is it you want now? ”
“Please ” replied the man in a sorrowful tone and with a repentant heart said “take it back from me I want something you have that is greater than is diamond. ”
“And what what would that be ?” Replied the Monk cheerfully.
“Could you give me whatever grace you have that enabled you to part with this diamond and give it to me?”
“It is not for me to give but I will certainly show you “the way”.”
So the man certainly became rich beyond his wildest dreams and the Theotokos was telling the truth but he became rich in a way he didn’t expect.
Sometimes God responds with what we need when we pray not with what we want.
Please tell this story to your children if you like.