Sufi Story

There is a famous Sufi story:

A man just got married and was returning home with his wife.  They were crossing a lake in a boat when suddenly a great storm arose.

Although the husband was a strong warrior, and had always protected her, the wife became very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless.  The boat was small, but the storm was huge, and at any moment they were going to be drowned.  But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing were happening.

The woman was trembling and she said, “Are you not afraid?  This may be our last moment of life!  It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach the shore.  Only some miracle can save us; otherwise, death is certain.  Are you not afraid?  Are you mad?  Are you a stone or something?”

The man laughed and took his sword out of its sheath. The woman was even more puzzled.

What was he doing?  Then he brought the sword close to the woman’s neck — so close that just a small gap was there.  It was almost touching her neck.  He said, “Are you afraid?”

She started to laugh and said, “Why should I be afraid?  If the sword is in your hands, why should I be afraid?  I know you love me.”

He put the sword away and said, “This is my answer.  I know the power I call God.  He loves me, and the sword is in His hands, as the storm is in His hands — so whatever is going to happen is going to be good.  If we survive, good;  if we don’t survive, good — no matter what happens, Thy Will Be Done.”

This is the Trust one must imbibe.  Such tremendous Trust is capable of transforming your whole life.  And ONLY such tremendous Trust is capable of transforming your life — less than that won’t do.

If this Sufi story rings true to you, please join me in Letting Go, and Trusting Life.

If you’re thinking, “I like the story, but how do I Let Go and Trust Life?”  My short answer: “One day at a time.”  My long answer?  Contact me.  I’d love to discuss.

 

Comments

  1. Debbie says

    I’m reading Captivating right now. The differences between a man’s soul and woman’s soul bring an interesting perspective to this story. I finished Wild at Heart years ago, and I think it is best being read first.