Whatever God has provided

Praised be God for a wonderful day which could have been better only if I were with my loved ones. But I am learning to be content with whatever God has provided. Which is exactly what started my talk on the Covenant of God, today at the DC Baha’i Center

One day, when I was in 7th grade I asked my mom what were we going to have for dinner. She replied “Whatever God has provided.” I arrogantly responded, “Come on, you cooked it, what does God have to do with it, plus where do you see a God? We have laws of physics, Newton, science, but no God.” My mom, in her gentle wisdom replied “There is a power that holds the universe together, even though you do not see it, that is God, you will see it one day.”

O SON OF MAN!
Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper. For none but Me can ever suffice thee.

Baha’u’llah

Many years later, I indeed see God, in His creation and through His Messengers. And with small steps I am learning to see the world through His eyes.

My encounter with Rafael the other day and my conversation with Ciara yesterday after the Convention Report, inspired me to think of ways to share the healing message of Baha’u’llah with people in my own neighborhood. I had been thinking of the homeless people who sleep on the benches next to Arlington Central Library. Reading today the first chapter of “Life at First Sight“, a lovely collection of Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s essays on seeing the world through the eye of the heart, made me decide that I do not need any special occasion or preparation but just a desire to go and share. So, I got a prayer book and the last few slices of the banana bread I had left and walked across the street.

There on a bench was a lady with piercing blue eyes and sad face, putting all her belongings in bags all around her. As I approached her, she looked at me with guarded eyes. I greeted her and asked if I may offer a piece of the banana bread I had baked. She looked at me again and smiled. As I handed her the bread and explained the ingredients, she thanked me and visibly relaxed. I introduced myself, she tried spelling my name, then I asked about her name — Gloria.

Then I asked Gloria if I could offer a prayer and what should the prayer be for? She said “To help with my situation”. I offered a prayer for assistance but felt that was not enough so I continued with:

O God!  Refresh and gladden my spirit.  Purify my heart.  Illumine my powers.  I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.  Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.  I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being.  O God!  I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.  I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God!  Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.  I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

She really liked this one and I offered her the little prayer book. She asked me if I go to church and I told her that I am a Baha’i and what the Baha’is believe. She smiled longingly and said “This would be nice to happen one day”… It will…

I had to go then but will be back to visit Gloria.

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