Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
Waiting for God, to a darvish, is cultivating patience, that is, waiting for God’s sake. As the Prophet (pbuh) said: “…Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.”
Waiting in line, being stuck in traffic, all the frustrating, aggravating activities of daily life, are also a part of the Sufi path, or any spiritual path. It is not just a dreary test, but an opening and a lesson of love and faith. Quietly reciting my zekr in a traffic jam is a blessing of unexpected time, smiling at the people around me waiting in line at the Post Office, engaging them in conversation, these are the simple acts of daily kindness that grow out of patience.
Patience is submission to the moment; the prostration and prayer of life.
God lives everywhere, within us and around us, in great deeds and small, in acts of love as simple as cooking a meal or as profound as saying grace (or Bismillah) before eating it. As Teresa of Ávila observed, “God lives also among the pots and pans.” In other words, in our daily actions. If these include comforting a crying child, doing dishes, folding laundry, ironing, taking out the garbage, all the small acts of daily life, they can be part of the simple patience that brings us closer to the Source of our humanity.
In Teresa of Lisieux’s words, “the Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.”
Patience is an act of love.