All humanity is disturbed and suffering and confused; we cannot expect to not be disturbed and not to suffer – but we don’t have to be confused. On the contrary, confidence and assurance, hope and optimism are our prerogative. The successful carrying out of our various Plans is the greatest sign we can give of our faith and inner assurance, and the best way we can help our fellow-men out of their confusion and difficulties. (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 225)
I try to avoid the news as much as possible, because it takes me down into hopeless, helpless despair. Last night, though, I watched a documentary about the state of the world’s affairs and it was truly heartbreaking. There were glimmers of hope, though, as I watched the youth organizing and arising to overcome injustice in their communities. All the way through the movie, I repeated the Baha’i prayer for disaster (Yá Allahu’l-Mustaghath) It felt good to know there was something I could do too. I was worried that I would go to bed with the negative images seared on my brain, disturbing my sleep, so I asked God to take care of the world, and let me nestle under the wings of His protection and I did indeed sleep well.
I also called to mind something I’d heard in one of Tom Price’s talks. He said that whenever he was disturbed by something terrible going on in the world, he reminded himself if was the “decline of the old world order.”
We are indeed blessed in this Faith, to know that God’s got His finger on the pulse of the world and it’s all leading us to the Most Great Peace. It may not be happening as fast as I’d like, but I’m not in charge of the world!
The Writings give me the hope and optimism, assurance and confidence to help myself and others out of the confusion caused by the problems in the world, and I am grateful!
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