I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. To this testifieth the Pen of God, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved. (Shoghi Effendi, Advent of Divine Justice, p. 69)
This is a really hard quote for those who want answers to “why is this happening to me?” No matter what life throws at us, the bottom line is that it’s happening to profit us. Somehow, it’s for our good, and that can be hard medicine to swallow, especially when we’re going through really hard times. I’ve come to understand that all of our tests serve 2 purposes: to draw us closer to God and to help us acquire the virtues we’ll need in the next world.
When my brother was killed and my daughter died and I suffered through years of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, I felt like a victim and even for many years, blamed God. If there was a God, (and for many years I couldn’t accept that there was), how could He do these things to me? I’ve come to realize that God doesn’t think the way we do. I will never understand why He gave us free will and then stood by watching what mankind would do with it. But with these quotes, and others like it, I’ve come to recognize that my life is better with God in it. I can more easily handle everything that comes my way, I can appreciate that it’s strengthened my relationship to him, and no doubt I’ve developed a lot of virtues, resilience among them.
Knowing that all my tests are for my benefit, I can relax and 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