Rest assured in the protection of God. He will preserve his own children under all circumstances. Be ye not afraid nor be ye agitated. He holds the scepter of power in His hand, and like unto a hen He gathereth his chickens under His wings . . . Now, friends, this is the time of assurance and faith and not fear and dread. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 8, No. 19, p. 241)
Recently I came across a list of 541 common fears and phobias and no doubt, more are being identified all the time. As part of my recovery from workaholism, I had to put together a list of my own fears, and was challenged to come up with at least 100 and with the help of that online resource, it wasn’t hard. I had no idea my life (and other people’s too) was ruled by so much fear.
It doesn’t help the the news and social media are fanning the flames of fear about terrorism, crime, health and safety concerns, climate change, identity theft, immigration, global warming, nuclear war, economic disaster and more. It’s easy to make fear our god and let it rule our lives. In that moment, it’s easy to forget to turn to God.
The world isn’t going to come to an end. Bahá’u’lláh has promised that His Revelation is moving us towards the Golden Age and the Most Great Peace. Everything happening in the world is just the necessary decline of the old world order, so something better can be built up in its stead.
Whenever I’m feeling afraid and lonely, I remember that this moment is all there is and in this moment, everything is perfectly fine. In this moment, I have a roof over my head and food in my belly. I can rest in the assurance of the protection of God.
Knowing I can ask ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to gather me under His wings whenever I’m afraid, 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