Again the other day it was raining as I was coming home on the train, and I sat there gazing out at the fields from in between the raindrops that had settled on the windowpane. Stretching my arms, neck and back, I tried to shake off that ache I always get from sitting on these train seats for so long every day. I let out a long sigh, and continued to look out at the fields. It was raining again. The sky was crying and the grey clouds were heavy above our heads. No one really likes the rain. But I saw something again today that had caught my attention once in the past. There were horses on the field, grazing on the grass. Some brown, some white, some black and white. The beautiful creatures stood there serene, head bowed down, as if it had been any other day. The rain does not bother them; they embrace it. They look just as they do on a sublime summer evening. And I remembered this:
“He it is Who sends down water (rain) from the sky; from it you drink and from it (grows) the vegetation on which you send your cattle to pasture. With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought.”
— Surah An-Nahl. Chapter 16, Verses 10-11
For the people who give thought.
We’ve become so consumed by the dunya that we forget to even think with the minds we have been blessed with. We miss these signs that tell us what may appear to be a disappointment, a difficulty, is in fact a blessing. So many of us face difficulties time and time again but because we fail to ponder, to think – we miss these exquisite signs. We miss something that we are in dire need of. He gives us signs. He tells us exactly what to do to climb back up on our feet. We just fail to see it sometimes.
I guess the horses know. Let us too, give thought, and open the doors we have shut.