It is a strange thing to say, but that is what strikes me as obvious. And it strikes me with a telling force. Every time I think about it.
Working for Allah, whatever that means, and however it is done, is a little bit like hopping on a tiger for a ride. It strikes me that most folks won’t do it for fun or on a whim.
They won’t hop on the back of the most powerful tiger ever built only to hop off at the next street corner, or whenever else the fancy overtakes them.
Or when other “More Pressing” things loom along.
Doesn’t look like the smart thing to do.
Last time, Yunus, Alaihis Salam, tried it. The Qur’an tells us.
He ended up in the belly of the beast, in the middle of a bottomless ocean, the Qur’an also tells us.
So, when Allah guides you to the honor and privilege of Working for Him, the smart thing to do is to stay put. And to be constant and firm and steady, whether or not we are on Candid Camera.
It helps to remind ourselves that that is precisely the reason Allah created us: To Work for Him. Everything else he has given us is a means to that end.
When people confuse means with ends, their lives don’t end up too well.