Soar upon the wings of joy in the atmosphere of the love of God. (Baha’u’llah, Tabernacle of Unity, p.74)
My first thought when I read that was “how do I do that?”, and then I thought of all the ways I prevent myself from doing it. I get busy in the things of this world, things I think I “should” do, things I think the world expects me to do. When I imagine the times I have soared in the atmosphere of the love of God, it’s when I’ve slooooowwwwweeeedddd wwwwwaaaaayyyy down. I can’t hear God’s will when I reach for the outside things that comfort me in times of distress (work, busyness, food, escape fiction) or I look for my joy in connection with other people at the expense of my relationship with God. A balanced life needs all of these things, in moderation, but never at the expense of my relationship with God, which always needs to come first. When it doesn’t, the bucket of my being becomes filled with holes that leak out my energy and I can easily get overwhelmed and burned out.
So the best thing I can do is to slow down, take time for prayer and meditation, remember to consult in all things and be grateful for all of God’s bounties and blessings, so I can be aware of all the ways I’m being buoyed up as I sour in the atmosphere of His love. Please God! Help me to remember this, every day, and change my habits so I can put my relationship with you before all else.
Knowing I can choose my priorities differently, so I can soar in the atmosphere of God’s love, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read through 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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