This is one of my favourite memes.
It rings so true and perfectly sums up the confusion we can feel when we're desperately praying for a sign from above, but then completely fail to see the signs when they are shown to us.
In fact, as Muslims, it's something we fall into regularly whenever we pray the 'Itsikhara' prayer - the prayer of guidance. Where we ask Allah to make a certain path easy for us if it is good for us, and if it is not good for us then to steer us away from it and make us happy with that outcome.
And it's a wonderful prayer, because we are handing our affairs over to Allah, because He knows best and we know not what's best.
But then we get to the tricky part...
How do we then spot any signs that we're not supposed to continue on a certain path? How do we see these signs clearly?
Just as in the meme, a sign can be right there in front of our face, but if we're too emotionally attached then we either won't want to see this sign, or we'll just plain ignore it...
What we're often asking God for, is a sign that tells us that we want to do, is the right thing. And if there are signs pointing in the other, not so desirable direction, then we tend to overlook them or wait for a 'bigger' sign that re-confirms that we really should take that other path.
Anyone notice a pattern here?
I see lots of waiting and lots of not knowing, despite praying and sometimes despite clear signs coming our way..
It's wonderful to pray for guidance and highly recommended, as Allah has infinite wisdom and is the Best of Planners. However, we need to do our part, and make sure we are as clear headed as possible so that we can make sense of any signs or wisdom that are coming to us, that are trying to guide us down a certain path.
Allah always makes it clear which path we should take....we just don't see it sometimes because of our own desires and attachments.
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