Me, the Obstacle and what lies ahead

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim,

Assalamualaikum wbt and hello everyone!

Here’s an interesting story I want to share with all of you.

A few days back, I was on my way home from my husband’s grandmother’s house (So she’s my grandmother-in-law? Hehe), driving my car, navigating through the narrow road of the village when I suddenly came into a halt.

There was a motorcyclist stopping in the middle of the road. There was nothing blocking his way. No people crossing the road, no other vehicle, no cats or even roosters (LOL), nothing. It seemed like he was just looking ahead. He was not even looking at his phone!

I got quite impatient and I felt like honking at him, urging him to just “Move along, will you?”

“Why are you stopping in the middle of the road? You’re blocking my way!”

But Alhamdulillah, I managed to calm down and it was a good thing I didn’t honk at him because, you know what I saw a few moments later?

There was a little green SNAKE gliding across the road to get to the other side! Imagine my horror as I saw the silvery-green reptile slithering into the bush. I shuddered as I imagined someone inadvertently stepping on the snake. Naudzubillahiminzalik!

So, that was the reason for the halt. The momentary pause. Of why the motorcyclist stopped in front of me, blocking me from continuing my journey.

There was a dangerous snake in front! I couldn’t even see it! What if the motorcyclist wasn’t there? What if I didn’t realize there as a snake and I just drove along. What if the snake sneaked into my car engine? That would be horrifying! Again, Naudzubillahiminzalik!

Thus, on my way home, I couldn’t help but to ponder and reflect upon what had happened. You know that Allah doesn’t just let things happen to you without reasons right? There isn’t a coincidence in anything; the strangers you met on your way to work, the traffic light that quickly turned red when you were just about to speed ahead, but there was this slow-moving car in front of you that prevented you from doing so, the reason why your favourite food isn’t available at the cafe that day, etc. There must be reasons why things happened that way, even the smallest of things and events that are actually, very significant. There must be something that He wants you to learn from.

And that’s it. I think I found out what Allah was trying to teach me.

We are in such a hurry to reach our destinations. Some want to get married quickly, have their own children, get their dream jobs, and the list goes on.

Sometimes, we get what we wished for, simply because it is the best time for us to get it, and Allah knows it is the best for us, Alhamdulillah.

But sometimes, we don’t get what we want. There is this obstacle in front of us, preventing us from reaching our goal and destination.

We got impatient. We feel irritated. Why is this taking so long?

Without having faith towards Allah’s plans, we just kept on waiting without actually doing anything. We waited and waited, and when we still do not get that thing we want, we began losing hope, we keep on blaming ourselves. We questioned why must this happen to us? Why is Allah punishing us? Naudzubillahiminzalik.

But instead of losing hope, why don’t we look at the obstacle as something that is good for us?

Perhaps there is something dangerous further down the road that if we proceeded, it would be detrimental to us. The obstacle serves as a wall or barrier to protect us.

Perhaps Allah wants that dangerous thing to go away first, before removing the wall or barrier so we could continue our journey and get the rewards we had been waiting for.

Perhaps there is something that Allah wants us to learn before we are ready for what we had dreamed of. Perhaps Allah wants us to become a better person while waiting.

It’s so wonderful if we could think of it this way, right?

Thus, rather than thinking of the obstacle as a hurdle, think of it as a protection from Allah.

Insya Allah, if the things you had been yearning for are good for you, it will come your way!

Through the obstacles and hurdles, Allah is preparing you for the rewards that had been waiting for you! You just have to look past that wall.

These obstacles do not serve as the full stop. It is a comma, a pause.

Until that comma is erased, take time to enjoy your life and be grateful for what you have. Never stop praying, never stop trying.

On a last note, I pray that all of you will get what you had always prayed for. And that Allah will reward you immensely for your patience. Aameen.

Thanks for reading!

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