Say: Beware, O people of Bahá lest the strong ones of the earth rob you of your strength, or they who rule the world fill you with fear. Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of omnipotent might. (Shoghi Effendi, Advent of Divine Justice, p. 69)
As a child, I experienced a lot of abuse in my family which left me with an unhealthy fear of authority figures. If someone said or did something, or even looked at me the wrong way, it triggered my terror and I was no longer able to be present as an adult in the interaction. I was paralyzed with fear and it took all my energy to “take it”, whatever form the “it” took.
This quote helps me to realize that God doesn’t want me to let the strong ones of the earth rob me of my strength or fill me with fear. He wants me to lean on His strength and protection. As a child, I was truly defenseless against the bullies and perpetrators of abuse but as an adult I have a lot more choices (and laws) at my disposal. With God on my side, I can do anything.
Knowing that when I lean on God, I can’t fail, 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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