Everything of importance in this world demands the close attention of its seeker. The one in pursuit of anything must undergo difficulties and hardships until the object in view is attained and the great success is obtained. This is the case of things pertaining to the world. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Divine Art of Living, p. 92)
I love it when the Bahá’í Writings tell us a secret of life and this reading is one of those times. We will have difficulties and hardships. It’s the way God created the world. This is a relief because when they come, I don’t have to take them personally. I don’t have to wail or gnash my teeth. I don’t have to fall into hopeless helpless despair. I just have to turn them over to God and get on with my day, praying to take the next right action.
I need to remember that the purpose of my life is to know and worship God and develop the virtues I’ll need in the next world. When life is easy, we often forget God, but in our difficulties, when we can see no way out, is when we remember and reach out in prayer. It’s in our difficulties that we grow, both closer to God and in the virtues we need. This morning I’m growing in patience, faith, trust, hope and long suffering. What are you growing in?
Knowing tests are inevitable, 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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