At the last retreat, Cemalnur Sargut told us the story of Moses when he invited God to his place and God agreed. He cleaned the house and prepared meals and waited but all that showed up at his door was nothing but only a dog. At night he complained to God why he didn't show up. God said He did, and asked if Moses met the dog!
So, after that, I tried to pay attention to what showed up at my door. It was April time and the raining season. So our front yard and the walk way leading to our door was filled with snails. They usually left a mark of their path while crawling on the ground, so you could trace their path back. I usually didn't like seeing them on the path, I wanted them in the yard and not on the path. After this story I tried to like the snails even on the path. Every morning I opened the door and there were at least a couple snails at the door. I would say "hello snails" and smile and walk carefully around them.
One morning, after it had rained, I opened the door and voila, there was a snail at the door. But this was no ordinary incident. This time, he had traced an almost complete heart for me! I smiled cheerfully and said "I love you too Snail! :)" and walked around him.
I wish I had a photo of the snail and his mark to share with you!
I met with D.D. today very briefly and our conversations reminded me of that day.
My exercise: to see God in people too. I know it is a difficult practice. But I like challenges!