Expect, and then expect a bit more, and then keep on expecting. Those moments that you spend on expecting won’t manifest right away. So you would want to despair. But don’t.
Because one of those days when you are somehow very busy and don’t get time to expect it, it will happen. The miracle will unfold.
The tempest will stop, the clouds will be gone, the sun will come out and birds will sing again, as you silently join them in praising your Creator- The One who created this majestic story for you, planned to the minutest detail and subtly executed in a manner which is beyond any mortal comprehension.
It will happen, one of those days, when you are least aware of it. So just expect it. Expect like nobody’s business.
Then expect a bit more, and then keep on expecting.
That’s the beauty of serendipity.
So don’t beat yourself up if you can’t focus, if you can’t do any better despite your best efforts.
You would, if you could, and you are doing the best that you know how to, with what you have.
And no one knows that better than Him.
Allah swears (even though He never fails His promise), because in times of hardship, sometimes it becomes difficult to actually believe anything could be better. Allah swears to convince us that He can still increase us in His bounty. If we can trust His promise, then that will give us hope. And that hope will rekindle the flame of gratitude.
Also, He asks for a miniscule of gratitude because when times are tough, its not always possible to look at the blessings as abundantly as they have been showered upon us. So if we try even a little bit, that is enough for Allah to increase us.
It happened to me, and is still happening.
Next time you cry out alone in the depths of the night looking for signs, look closer.
Your life, your story, your signs. You will recognize them, not anyone else.
When you aspire for greatness, hold onto your signs, albeit the rest of the world sees it otherwise.
Allah did not say they will recognize your signs. He said you will.
Because the signs are His secret form of communication with you, only you, especially you, particularly you.
Your Lord is not unaware of your state.
When the road ahead looks too long, when destination seems like a mirage, then look back.When uncertainty of the future worries you and stillness of the present tires you, look at the past.See how far Allah has brought you. You thought you couldn’t do it, but the days that went by testifies to a different story. You thought you were wading aimlessly in the dark, but He was guiding you at every step.
He is Al Lateef (The Subtle One). He takes care of you in a manner you don’t even have the ability to fathom.
When you wander aimlessly in the street, not even aware of dodging a bullet or a car running you over, He is guiding every step that you take. Your guardian angels are always alert at your service, at the commands of your Creator to ensure your safety.Even when you do not care, He does.
Amidst the chaos of life, stop and smell your roses. Breathe into their scent, gaze at their beauty and recall how Allah created them out of nothing,then colored them into beautiful shades of red, blue and black- only for you.Thorns and petals- a rose comes with both.
Your roses.Your blessings.
…and if you were to count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Quran (14:34)
Finding yourself unable to mix with the regular crowd, unrelating to the tales of ordinary people, makes you extraordinary. Do not contaminate it. Rather embrace it. Live your own tale. Leave your own legacy.
That is what the Prophets did, may peace be upon them all. People called them crazy or magicians, but that did nothing to stop them. They left behind legacies that will be followed till the end of time.
Look at the sky tonight. Stand at your window and take in its vastness. There are no cracks or gaps in the sky. No sign of discontinuity. No randomness. Its perfectly crafted,painted with one continuous stroke, alternating between the most magical hues of white and blue.
Life is like that too, a perfect craft of Allah. Nothing happens in life that is random.There is never a point where there is a crack.Its one continuous Divine plan, unique for every individual. Just like the white-blue hues, our lives also alternate between love and loss, joy and heartache, success and failure, faith and struggle.
No wonder Allah tells us to reflect upon His Creations.