Friday, March 12, 2010
I had a moment of profound grumpiness at work today. A supervisee of mine came up to me in a similar mood. For some reason I told him a story about Jesus that I had read recently. Jesus was out with his disciples one day and he was blessing all the people. The disciples asked why he was doing that, especially when many of these people did not seem deserving of it. Jesus replied, I can only give away what I have in my pockets. As I delivered the punch-line of this little story, I suddenly felt full of happiness. It was an instantaneous and radical shift in mood. It was like God gave me a poke in the ribs saying, "Remember Me? I'm right here."
"We remember every one of you, men and women, and from this Spot -- the Scene of incomparable glory -- regard you all as one soul and send you the joyous tidings of divine blessings which have preceded all created things, and of My remembrance that pervadeth everyone, whether young or old. The glory of God rest upon you, O people of Baha. Rejoice with exceeding gladness through My remembrance, for He is indeed with you at all times." (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 264)
Now I'm going to enjoy a piece of sweet potato pie.