I hear thou art grieved and distressed at the happenings of the world and the vicissitudes of fortune. Wherefore this fear and sorrow? The true lovers of the Abhá Beauty, and they that have quaffed the Cup of the Covenant fear no calamity, nor feel depressed in the hour of trial. They regard the life of adversity as their garden of delight, and the depth of the sea the expanse of heaven. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 309)
I love to imagine ‘Abdu’l-Bahá writing this as a love note of encouragement to one of the earlier believers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get this message in the mail? It’s as though he could reach into her heart and understand the fear and sorrow she’s feeling. Next he reminds her of who she is – a true lover of the Abhá Beauty – and the standard to reach for. This applies to each one of us who are grieved and distressed at the hand that’s dealt us and what’s happening in the world. We:
- fear no calamity
- don’t feel depressed in the hour of trial
- regard the life of adversity as our garden of delight
- regard the depth of the sea the expanse of heaven
Easier said than done, perhaps, but when we know where the bar is, we can reach towards it, like a plant reaching towards the sun.
Reminding myself of how to look at my troubles differently, I am at peace, and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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