Steering Through Hardship

May 18, 2021
Steering Through Hardship

History of Master’s Life

Steering Through Hardship

Source: Youness Khan Afroukhteh, Memories of Nine Years in Akka,

In the many years of my residence at the threshold of the Master’s presence, I often wondered how and by what mean was that blessed Personage able to solve the manifold problems created by the raging storms of adversity and hardship?

How was He able, in matters large and small, to act with such dignity, composure and unwavering focus as to appear as though He had absolutely nothing else to do?

At such a time, when the onrushing flood of destiny was fast approaching, when the tempestuous storm of adversity threatened, when the battered Ark of the Cause of God seemed to be overwhelmed by surging waves, and when even the very life of that heavenly Beloved was in danger, I was utterly perplexed, longing to understand the strategy-aside from the innate powers which distinguished His every act that enabled Him to master every situation and overcome every hardship.

And one day He solved the puzzle in His own wonderful way and shared with me the answer to this longstanding enigma. That explanation, for which I had thirsted for so many years, was so significant and precious that if I were to write a hundred books from the utterances of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, this one response would stand out as the highlight of His words.

One dark night, as ‘Abdu’l-Baha paced up and down the long front hallway of the reception room, relaxing and easing the stresses of a busy day, He asked me the following question.

“Do you know how I administer this Faith?” (I said to myself: that is exactly what I have been longing to know.)

Then He said, “I pull the sails of the ship firmly and fasten the ropes tight. I locate my destination and then by the power of My will I hold the wheel and head out. No matter how strong the storm, no matter how dangerous the threat to the safety of the ship, I do not change course. I do not become agitated or disheartened; I persevere until I reach my goal. If I were to hesitate or change direction at the sight of every danger, the Ark of the Cause of God would surely fail to reach its destination.”

I had discovered a new principle and had understood the ways of the Master. I realized that the sails of the Ark of God were tightly bound and the helm was in powerful hands.

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