Be constantly attached to and seek always the confirmations of Bahá’u’lláh for these turn the drop into a sea and convert the gnat into an eagle. (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 103)
I wasn’t sure how much I could say about this quote, because it seems almost like a throw-away comment, but the part that made me pause was the “how to” instruction of being able to convert a gnat into an eagle. This is an image that really appeals to me, when I look at my own insignificance and desire to transform a life of abasement into a life of teaching and service. I love Writings that tell me “how to”. So here is how I can do it:
- Be constantly attached to Baha’u’llah: I can do this through prayer and meditation, to carefully studying the Baha’i Writings and through obedience to His laws
- Always seek the confirmations of Bahá’u’lláh: I can do this by developing an attitude of gratitude, looking for things to be grateful for many times a day. I have a success buddy and we check in once a week by phone, listing at least 10 examples of how, with God’s help we’ve moved closer to the eagles we want to be. This keeps me inspired by her growth and keeps me focused on the positive. Many times we’re easily able to magnify each other’s efforts and celebrate the victories and it’s not uncommon to hear us say: “O God, increase my astonishment!”
On days when I feel “single, alone and lonely”, these practices help me to see that I’m not a drop, but a part of God’s ocean, getting stronger and stronger every day.
Knowing how to transform from a gnat into an eagle, 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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