A man once asked the Mystic Bayazid Al- Bistami:
“Who is the true Prince? The man who cannot choose, said Bayazid :
But the man for whom God’s choice is the only possible choice.”
The Lord is extending the Gift of Immortality to each of us, but we do not reach out to take it because we are holding a few pennies in our hands. I don’t knowif you have seen infants in this dilemma; it happens at a particular stage of development, when they have learned to grasp but not quite mastered the art of letting go. They have a rattle I one hand; you offer them a toothbrush , and for a while they just look back and forth at the toothbrush, then the rattle, then again at the brush. You can almost see the gray matter working: “ I want that toothbrush, but how can I take it? My hand is already full.”
Similarly, all of us look at the Lord’s Gift for a while, asking “ What is this? How do I know its real? Give it to me first ; then I’ll let the pennies go.”
The Lord smiles and waits. He can offer the Gift, but for us to take it, we have to open our hands. And there comes a time when we want something more than those pennies so passionately that we longer care what it costs.
Then we open our hands finally, let go of our possessions and discover that for those pennies we have dropped, we have received an Incomparable Treasure :)