SEE THINGS IN A NEW LIGHT
“This ordinary material world of beings, movable and immovable objects, should not be taken into account at all. You should have full faith in God, who is the Supreme One.” – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 20, Ove 119.
A father took his four-year-old son to a fair. The child wore his best dress and was careful to see that it did not get spoilt.
Suddenly a cyclist dashed against the child who dropped down and hurt his elbow. The father picked up the sobbing child in his loving arms and, with a handkerchief, covered his bleeding arm.
The child cried all the more. And the father said to him, “you are a good child. And the elbow has not been very badly hurt. It will soon be healed.”
“Father, I am not crying over my elbow!” The son exclaimed. “I am crying over the shirt which has been torn. The elbow will be healed, but not the shirt.”
“But isn’t that wonderful?” said the father. “Suppose your elbow were like your shirt and would never heal?”
The son began to see things in a new light. “O, yes,” he said, “if the elbow were like the shirt, it would never heal. God has made us in a special way.” And the smile reappeared on his tear stained face.
We need to remind ourselves of this great truth that God has made us in a special way. Material things cannot be compared to the eternal.
Life is eternal: all things will pass away.
Are we putting more value on earthly things than on our divine life?