Let no excessive self-criticism or any feeling of inadequacy, inability or inexperience hinder you or cause you to be afraid. Bury your fears in the assurances of Bahá’u’lláh. (Universal House of Justice, Ridván Message, April 1995)
This is not a Faith for the faint-hearted. I don’t think I’m alone in sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the tasks in front of us as Baha’is. All the laws, injunctions and ordinances we need to pay attention to and implement in our lives, all the messages we need to read, absorb and act on; all the community building activities we need to engage in, all while learning how to serve and consult; juggling education, career and family life and somehow trying to live in a place of moderation, can be more than any of us can bear! This global enterprise at the grass roots level has never been done before. Of course we don’t know what we’re doing! Of course we have moments where we feel inadequate, inexperienced and unable to do the tasks in front of us! This is only natural.
The thing we need to remember is that we’re not doing it alone. God is directing it, the Concourse on High is assisting us, the Universal House of Justice is continually giving us guidance to steer the course, the Institutions are charged with implementing the plans for the community to carry out. Although this is a Faith of individual initiative, all of our initiatives are assisted by so many people seen and unseen. We can do this, as long as we remember to “bury our fears in the assurances of Baha’u’llah”. We need to remember that “armed with the power of Thy name, nothing can ever hurt me.”
Remembering I’m not in charge of moving the world towards the most great peace, I can bury my fears in God, 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!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Fear into Faith: Overcoming Anxiety