Do thou reckon thyself only a puny form when within thee the universe is folded? (Bahá’u’lláh, Seven Valleys, p. 34)
There are so many places in the Bahá’í Writings that talk of the reality of our being, and yet I continue to abase myself by focusing on my weakness and my frailty. I do (most of the time) reckon myself a puny form, but this quote reminds me that God is closer to me than my life-vein and when I lean on Him for support, I can do anything.
Several years ago I was serving as a travel teacher in Canada’s arctic and got frost bite on my finger tips. Now, whenever they are cold (every winter, even at 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, as I discovered today), they are so painful I can almost cry out with the pain. I was in the middle of my walk and still had more than half an hour to get home. I was doing everything I could think of to warm up my fingers, curling them up in my gloves, pulling my sleeve down over my hands, making space in my gloves between the ends of the fingers) and so on. Finally, I was inspired to ask God to warm up my fingers and He did! The pain disappeared and I was able to get home, enjoying the rest of my walk. I think this kind of miracle is available to any of us, if we remember who we are.
Remembering that with God’s strength, all things are possible, I am grateful!
What miracles have you seen when you rely on God? What else 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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