Focusing on the Supreme Horizon

It was less than a week ago when I heard one of the speakers at the Atlanta conference, Mr. Ken Bowers of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S., talk about the need for stay focused lest we risk getting sickened by the fast changing scene around us all, not unlike when driving at high speed it is wiser to keep looking ahead rather than to the side. Having long suffered from motion sickness, I can relate to the wisdom of this advise.

Another of the speakers called to mind a quotation by Baha’u’llah exhorting us to not be discouraged by whatever might have happened in the past but to stay the course. Here is this quote, a source of comfort and inspiration:

Whatever hath befallen you, hath been for the sake of God. This is the truth, and in this there is no doubt. You should, therefore, leave all your affairs in His Hands, place your trust in Him, and rely upon Him. He will assuredly not forsake you. In this, likewise, there is no doubt. No father will surrender his sons to devouring beasts; no shepherd will leave his flock to ravening wolves. He will most certainly do his utmost to protect his own.

If, however, for a few days, in compliance with God’s all- encompassing wisdom, outward affairs should run their course contrary to one’s cherished desire, this is of no consequence and should not matter. Our intent is that all the friends should fix their gaze on the Supreme Horizon, and cling to that which hath been revealed in the Tablets. They should strictly avoid sedition, and refrain from treading the path of dissension and strife. They should champion their one true God, exalted be He, through the hosts of forbearance, of submission, of an upright character, of goodly deeds, and of the choicest and most refined words.

(Baha’u’llah, Fire and Light, p. 10)

Focusing on the vision, the horizon, and not getting distracted by the insignificant details of life or whatever challenges might take place along the road reminds me of another inspiring quote, also by Baha’u’llah:

The essence of true safety is to observe silence, to look at the end of things and to renounce the world.
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 156)

Wishing all a safe ride!

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