Several friends go on a hunting trip. One gets separated from the group, he is lost for hours. The sun is going down and he is cold, wet and scared. His friends blow their horns to attract him, but they can’t locate him. Finally, they turn on their headlights and he is found. The moral of the story is how important it is to have a reference point in life, how we all need a light when the times are dark.
Ernest Holmes advised us that we are the candle of the world, the light of the world, so we should let our light shine. He wrote, “Who can doubt that in the divine plan, every soul shall find its way that the light of God, like his love, shall penetrate this outer darkness.”
So much of how we perceive events determines how we see and experience life. A city woman is visiting a friend in the country. The scenery is beautiful so she decides to take a walk, and gets hopelessly lost. She prays to God to get her out. Several days later she is telling some friends about the incident, and relates she got no results from her prayer. A friend interjects, “But you are here.” She replies, “I only got out because a hunter found me, I would still be there if I waited for God to answer my prayer.” Some of us might see the hunter a part of a divine intervention.
Pir Vilayt Inayat Kahn reminds us that our dilemmas may be challenging us to new ways of thinking. Maybe something mysterious and great is struggling to be born thru us. He says that the difficulties we face in life aren’t roadblocks to illumination; they are catalysts for spiritual evolution. The true test is how we deal with our life. Is there a difference in how we deal with the difficult issues we may face in our life. He writes, “Awakening beyond life must be followed by awakening in life.”