Seeking God and being a volunteer at a senior center helped me to look at life in a different way, life switches between easy and difficult. Sometimes life is full of enjoyment, sometimes it is a challenge. A sick and homeless person, a sick, lonely old person, a family fighting with cancer in a family member, a single mom looking for a stable job to support her family, an kind person who is oppressed but still nice to who the people who oppressed him/her… They all have something in a common, which is that they show vitality through the difficulties of life. God knows the benefits that these challenges bring to us.
Vitality is shown through tests. A seed needs to break its shell to germinate, roots need to break through compact soil to stabilize, A butterfly needs to break the cocoon to show its beauty, … the former part of life needs to die in order become a new life. This is the same as the spirit of life in mankind. It is like a tree that needs to penetrate the hard soil to establish its roots. It needs to go through seasons of change to renew. Part of the tree is gone at the end of every autumn and it is renewed again in the new spring season. This process continues until the tree becomes mature and full of fruits. The spirit of life grows when we see the old self die after every challenge and the new self born when it breaks through. This is how our soul, the eternal life, grows.
Umar said: ” We have found that the best life is that which is accompanied by patience.” He also said: “The best life that we can experience is that of patience, and if patience were a man, he would be most generous.”
Ali said: “Truly, patience is to faith as the head is to the body. If the head is severed, the body becomes wasted.” Then, he raised his voice and said: ” Verily, there is no faith in the man who has no patience.” He also said: “Patience is a mount that does not stumble or trip.”
Al-Hasan said: “Patience is a treasure from the treasures of goodness, a treasure that God does not give away except to a servant (of His) whom He regards as being worthy.”
Umar ibn Abdul Aziz said: “Whenever Allah gives a blessing to one of His servants and then removes it from him and supplants it with patience, then that which replaces is invariably better than that which is being replaced.”
Sulayman ibn al-Qaasim said: “The reward for every deed other than patience is known.” God, the Exalted, said: “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning. (Qur’an 39:10)”
蘇萊曼·本·戛西姆說：“一切工作的獎賞都會眾所周知，堅韌雖然也是一件賞賜，但往往不為人知。 ” 清高偉大的真主說：”惟有堅忍的人得享受安全的無量的報酬。(古蘭經 39:10)”
Robert Louis Stevenson said: “Every person is capable of performing his daily tasks, no matter how difficult they are, and every person is capable of living happily during his day until the sun sets: and this is the meaning of life.”
O SON OF BEING! Thy Paradise is My love. Put thy hand into My bosom, that I may rise above thee, raidant and resplendent. Ascend unto My heaven, that thou mayest obtain the joy of reunion, and from the chalice of imperishable glory quaff the peerless wine. My eternity is My creation, I have created it for three. Enter therein and tarry not. (Bahá’u’lláh)
生命之子啊! 你的樂園是我的愛。把你的手放在我的胸前，使我能光明而燦爛地在你之上興起。昇上我的天堂，使你能獲得重聚的欣悅，並從永恆榮耀之聖杯裡啜飲無盡甘美的醇醴。我的永恆乃是我的創造，而我為你創造了它。進來吧，別在遲疑。 (巴哈歐拉)