Does God Think About You?
In your quiet moments, have you stopped to think how much God may think about you? Does God even think about you and I? Omar, may God be pleased with him, one of the rightly guided caliphs after the prophet peace be upon him used to say, “Take yourself before you are taken to account”. The way to answer this question is by knowing that Allah thinks of us as often/much as we think about God. So when we stop to think about if God thinks about us, really, it helps us to take account of how much we are doing/thinking/being; how much we are remembering God.
In another narration, we are reminded by God, if we think about Him by ourself, He remembers us by Himself, if we remember Him in a group, then He remembers us in a group better than ours.
In your day, when you get caught up in your activities and you’re rushing to get the next thing done, trying to pay your bills are you remembering God? Think about how much work we do in order to buy our houses, or cars, if we want to go on vacation, if we want to go and study at a university or college the effort and time we spend to making sure we do our “homework”. In these ways, we are constantly occupying ourselves. We take on this work because we want to be well prepared and we will do this consciously. What about the time we invest in our relationship with God?
You see the more we remember God, the more God remembers us. And when we acknowledge this, it does not mean that God will forget us because we cannot place God within the finite realm of our understanding. Yet it provides a good indicator for us to know where we are at in our personal relationship with God.
When we work to place God first and foremost in what we do it helps us to ensure that we keep trying to do what’s right, that we maintain justice, that we do not mis-treat people. It helps us to better reflect on our own behaviour and practices and to better accept feedback from others. This is because it is not about “always being right”, instead it is about doing what is best and growing my relationship with my Creator. So if someone corrects me and I know that this will help to improve my character or my relationship with God, I accept it- not walk off being upset, not hurting others, not being rude or disrespectful because I didn’t get what I wanted. It also helps us to be able to compromise with others, because if we want God to accept our attempts, to forgive our mistakes then we need to show that to the people around us.
So one of the things we need to ask ourselves- what are some of the things that I can do in order to improve my relationship with and consciousness of God. This is the purpose of Ramadan. It helps to move us away from thinking about people and what they want and to focus on our relationship with God.
This way whether people like us or not, whether they think that you are too “holy” or not or too much of something or not – it won’t matter. I may listen and reflect on feedback, but I remember I am a human being with many faults who is trying to improve. I also know that I want to be a better person, I want to have a good relationship with God, so I am going to keep on trying. I am going to not listen to those who try to pull me down, instead, I will let the mercy of God pull me up- to be all that I can be.
The way that we remember God is in our prayer, in our actions- when we are just, kind to others, helping those in need- those are ways we can remember God and will help us to be the most conscious of God and ultimately function at our highest potential.
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