Ridvan has come around again and I am back reading the Ridvan-related passages at the beginning of Gleanings. But they seem a world away from the strange life I'm living currently. I am in the middle of a huge transition, and it is dominated by work on our house in preparation for its sale. Every day, weather permitting, Steve and I are out sanding and painting. I have been working on the house now since early November and I feel like I have changed professions from writer to renovator. My prayer life is dominated with appeals to Baha'u'llah to stop me from going into despair over it all. And, well, he must be helping out a lot because somehow I'm managing to stay the course.
We expect to have the house on the market in May, which isn't that far away. We have certainly done much of the work needed. And, once it's sold, Steve and I will get in the car and drive north to the other end of the country and a new world. I believe my whole life is entering a divine springtime. Going from a cold climate to a semi-tropical one, and from city living to country living, I expect not much about my life will stay the same except my family and Baha'u'llah.
I have plans to do lots of writing, which I hope I will find the time to bring to fruition - everyday things seem always to take over. Baha'u'llah says repeatedly in his Ridvan-related tablets about announcing to everyone the good news about his revelation. I've struggled for decades to figure out an effective way to do that, given that people are so suspicious of religion these days and have good reason to be. But I have some ideas about how to overcome that problem. Baha'u'llah says we are quickeners of mankind, not fishers of men, which makes me think that I need to put the message out there in my own way and let people choose to like or not as they will.