He maketh victorious whomsoever He willeth

I don’t even want to over-analyze what is happening these days; I just want to take in the moments of insight and awareness that God has been giving me lately in what seems like a dizzying pace… which of course is paradoxical since I am trying to practice “Slowing Down to the Speed of Life“…

Badasht 1 - CD by Eric Dosier and JB EcklFew months ago a song from the “Badasht I” album by Eric Dozier and JB Eckl struck me while I was walking on the street with its uncanny ability to highlight a single line of the Bab’s prayer:

He maketh victorious whomsoever He pleaseth, through the potency of His behest.

I didn’t know what it meant, all I knew was that “He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty”.

Fast forward a couple of months…

Eric DosierLast night my wife and I went to the Reagan National Airport to pick Eric Dozier and JB Eckl and give them a ride to the Thanksgiving Baha’i Congress in Alexandria, VA. What a pleasant duet of guys, indeed. We ended up talking during the ride about music, what it meant to each of us, how different people react to the same songs, family life, and our unique way of discovering the healing message of Baha’u’llah, and later at home we were able to offer home-cooked turkey to these talented musicians who have traveled on this holiday to serve the Faith. Eric talked about being introduced to the Faith as a gospel preacher in North Caroline. JB EcklJB shared how that one line of the Bab’s prayer for protection has always stuck out in his mind until one day while taking a shower in Mexico the complete song came to him, and how it amazes him that people share about having whole devotional gathering based on the 19-minute long “Long Healing Prayer”, and how hearing about the impact their music has had on people has been the most rewarding experience…

What this ride from the airport home brought to me though was much more personal than even the impact that “victorious” song has had on me during times of difficulties: it is the awareness that how I define, perceive, experience myself — as one living in the fear of facing or failing my struggles or living victoriously despite my struggles — has a paramount impact on my ability to take in God’s grace and assistance.

As Abdu’l-Baha says: “As ye have faith so shall your powers and blessings be.” Ya’Baha’ul’Abha!

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