Calm kelp amidst restless waves

Some days I am calm; others, I am restless:

Thou seest, O Thou Who art my All-Glorious Beloved, the restless waves that surge within the ocean of my heart, in my love and yearning towards Thee. I implore Thee, by the signs of Thy majesty and the evidences of Thy sovereignty, to subdue Thy servants by this Name Which Thou hast made to be the King of all names in the kingdom of Thy creation. Potent art Thou to rule as Thou pleasest. No God is there but Thee, the All-Glorious, the All-Bountiful.

Do Thou ordain, moreover, for every one who hath turned towards Thee what will make him steadfast in Thy Cause, in such wise that neither the vain imaginations of the infidels among Thy creatures, nor the idle talk of the froward amidst Thy servants will have the power to shut him out from Thee. Thou, verily, art the Help in Peril, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.
(Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 67)

calm-kelp-carmelSo I am learning to be patient. And I envision myself as the calm kelp floating gently on the surface of the ocean, slowly going up and down with the waves, unhindered by their angry energy, aware of their gentle caress, immersed in the rhythm of life and in God’s love — simply, patiently, presently:

The Pen of the Most High hath, at all times and under all conditions, remembered, with joy and tenderness, His loved ones, and hath counselled them to follow in His way. Well is it with him whom the changes and chances of this world have failed to deter from recognizing the Day Spring of the Unity of God, who hath quaffed, with unswerving resolve, and in the name of the Self-Subsisting, the sealed wine of  His Revelation. Such a man shall be numbered with the inmates of Paradise, in the Book of God, the Lord of all worlds.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 340)

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