the pitcher of water
Sometime back, in a book named “Simple Wisdom” by Maulana Wahidduddin, I came across a beautiful story. Before I should say anything else, read the story:
“A man used to live on a desert, and who, urged on by his wife, agreed to take an offering to the King in the city. The offering was a pitcher of rain water, which the man and his wife had laboriously collected. They considered this water precious because it was sweet compared to the brackish water of their well, their only major source.Meagre though the offering was, the King received it in the spirit it was offered and, emptying the pitcher, filled it with gold. The King also arranged for the man to return to his home on a boat. Seeing the vastness of the river on which he travelled, the man marvelled at all the water the King had at his command and at the way he took the poor man’s meagre offering and rewarded him.
The King is God and his bounty is as boundless as all the water on earth”
Aren’t we blessed to have such a Merciful God whose mercy and bounties are endless? He gives us return without measure, keeps the doors of forgiveness open 24/7. When we walk towards him, He runs towards us. He gives us sawaab when we stop ourself from sinning. His love is 70 times greater than the love of our own mother.
He provides us with fruits from a small seed and milk from the belly of the cows. He has provided sky as a canopy for us and pathways on earth to walk on. He has provided us day for work and night for rest.
The Angels. birds, fish, trees, sun, moon, etc spend every single minute of their existence celebrating the praises of Our Lord and obeying His commands without question.All He wants from us as well is submission to Him “willingly” to shower us with pots of gold.
And everything just for “that pitcher of water”….
Allah says in Surah Rehman “Which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?”
Indeed, which of the favours of our Lord will we deny…