O Son of Man! Ponder and reflect. Is it thy wish to die upon thy bed, or to shed thy life-blood on the dust, a martyr in My path, and so become the manifestation of My command and the revealer of My light in the highest paradise? Judge thou aright, O servant! (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 46)
Ouch! I remember when I first read this quote, I was severely depressed and spent a lot of time in bed and I went from one extreme to another – and burned out from doing too much service, believing in the power of being a living martyr, and ended up back in bed with adrenal exhaustion and more depression. Somewhere there has to be a happy medium. Surely this isn’t a false dichotomy.
I think it’s important to understand the role we have in moving the Cause forward towards the Most Great Peace. That’s why we were chosen by God, to find the Bahá’í Faith in the first place. We are, after all, the army of God, motley crew though we might be! If we need to spend time in bed to take care of our spiritual and mental health, we can still pray for the world and we can pray to find the strength to lean on God for the next right action, whatever that might be.
Accepting my limitations and choosing to make service a priority, inside or out of bed, 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 Getting to Know Your Lower Nature