Answer for a tiny seed

As I was getting ready to go to Peter and Riva’s prayer meeting, the “Tiny Seed” melody came to mind:

I am, O my God, but a tiny seed which Thou hast sown in the soil of Thy love…

So timely, for the theme of the prayer meeting tonight was to be Transformation.

We must strive with energies of heart, soul and mind to develop and manifest the perfections and virtues latent within the realities of the phenomenal world, for the human reality may be compared to a seed. If we sow the seed, a mighty tree appears from it. The virtues of the seed are revealed in the tree; it puts forth branches, leaves, blossoms, and produces fruits. All these virtues were hidden and potential in the seed. Through the blessing and bounty of cultivation these virtues became apparent. Similarly, the merciful God, our Creator, has deposited within human realities certain latent and potential virtues. Through education and culture these virtues deposited by the loving God will become apparent in the human reality, even as the unfoldment of the tree from within the germinating seed.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 90)

with-tara-in-haifaAs I was driving I would listen to the song, immersed in Tara Ellis’ voice and singing along with her…

When I arrived in their welcoming home, the hosts offered prayer books but the one I picked was such an old edition that I got lost looking in vain for the prayer containing the verse about the tiny seed. Just as I gave up, I opened on a page with a prayer for children and started reading:

Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I give Thee thanks inasmuch as Thou hast called me into being in Thy days, and infused into me Thy love and Thy knowledge. I beseech Thee, by Thy name whereby the goodly pearls of Thy wisdom and Thine utterance were brought forth out of the treasuries of the hearts of such of Thy servants as are nigh unto Thee, and through which the Day-Star of Thy name, the Compassionate, hath shed its radiance upon all that are in Thy heaven and on Thy earth, to supply me, by Thy grace and bounty, with Thy wondrous and hidden bounties.

Then I thought, how appropriate, for these days I feel as if my life is starting anew:

These are the earliest days of my life, O my God, which Thou hast linked with Thine own days. Now that Thou hast conferred upon me so great an honor, withhold not from me the things Thou hast ordained for Thy chosen ones.

And then I recognized the verse I was looking for and switched from reading to singing:

I am, O my God, but a tiny seed which Thou hast sown in the soil of Thy love, and caused to spring forth by the hand of Thy bounty. This seed craveth, therefore, in its inmost being, for the waters of Thy mercy and the living fountain of Thy grace. Send down upon it, from the heaven of Thy loving-kindness, that which will enable it to flourish beneath Thy shadow and within the borders of Thy court. Thou art He Who watereth the hearts of all that have recognized Thee from Thy plenteous stream and the fountain of Thy living waters.

Praised be God, the Lord of the worlds.

(Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 176)

So often in life, the answer comes naturally, unforced — not when you seek it but when you are about to give up trying, and then, free from expectations, the answer appears… Answer for a tiny seed.

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