We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient, but also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair! (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 456)
I love this quote! As someone who realizes that the standards of the Faith with regards to my behavior towards others is very high, this quote tells me that it’s equally important to be patient with myself. Change takes time. I want what I want and I want it now and when I can’t have it, I use my mind to find a solution or a way around the obstacle in my path, trying to push things forward that can’t be pushed. I’ve driven myself to exhaustion with my impatience.
Now I need to meditate on the times when the Prophets of God got tired and cried out in despair and two times come immediately to my mind. When Jesus Christ had been on the cross for nine hours, He said: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We see Bahá’u’lláh pouring His heart out to God in absolute despair when we read the Fire Tablet.
Knowing that I don’t have to be perfect, I can relax and be 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 Letting Go of Criticizing Others