A short time ago, I read this passage on the website referenced below:
Allah says in the Quran: â€œAnd if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose. Verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportionâ€ (Surah Al-Talaq, verses 3)
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: â€œIf only you relied on Allah a true reliance, He would provide sustenance for you just as He does the birds: They fly out in the morning empty and return in the afternoon with full stomachs. (Ahmad, An-Nasaâ€™I, Ibn Majah, Al-Hakim and At-Tirmidhi)
And it made me immediately think of Luke 12:27 â€œConsider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendorÂ was dressed like one of these.â€ (NIV)
Every faith tradition, at least every one I have spent any time with, teaches us that we need only surrender to our God, just like nature demonstrates, and all will be well in our world. Consider these words found inÂ the Gleanings
From the Writings of Baha’u’llah, Pages 308-312: gr8 :Â â€œAid me, O my Lord, to surrender myself wholly to Thy Will, and to arise and serve Thee, for I cherish this earthly life for no other purpose than to compass the Tabernacle ...â€
I honestly think that with just a little effort I could list examples from all the worldâ€™s legitimateÂ spiritual traditions in whichÂ the message is abundantly clear: “Surrender of the egoâ€™s will to the Will of the Divine is a necessity in order to dwell in peace.” Of course this last statement is my paraphrase of this Truth, but I think you get the idea.
The beauty about surrender is that there is nothing to be angry or upset about when we stop resisting â€œwhat isâ€ in acquiescence to the desires of our Higher Power, whatever or whomever that may be. This is an exceptionally peaceful way of living ones life.
I will close, today, with these words from A Course in Miracles, Book 1, Chapter 8, IV: â€œThe Gift of Freedom, 1) If Godâ€™s Will for you is complete peace and joy, unless you experience only this you must be refusing to acknowledge His Will. His Will does not vacillate, being changeless forever. When you are not at peace it can only be because you do not believe you are in Him. Yet He is All in all. His peace is complete, and you must be included in it. His laws govern you because they govern everything. You cannot exempt yourself from His laws, although you can disobey them. Yet if you do, and only if you do, you will feel lonely and helpless, because you are denying yourself everything.â€
Simply do this: Stop resisting life. Stop fighting â€˜what is.â€™ Move in the direction of your dreams. Share the gifts and talents, which fill you with joy, in every way you can imagine, but move like the stream which takes the path of least resistance. Flow with life, and peace shall be yours. If you practice a religion, surrender to your God every aspect of your existence. Life will, once again, become play and your days shall be filled with Joy, for peace is always accompanied by ecstatic joy.