The Coat of Patience
Sukman, a disciple of Maulana Rum, asked that he be given the power of a prophet. His Master advised him that the right time had not come and that he should go and offer himself as a servant to King David.
So, he went to the king’s palace only to find him hard at work at the blacksmith’s workshop. Sukman was curious as to what the king was making, but restrained himself, thinking, “I’d better not ask and simply remain silent.”
Then, he perceived that the king was making a suit of armour. Again, he was tempted to enquire why he was making it and bade his mind, “Sit down, be quiet and have patience!” However, the temptation persisted and so he questioned himself, “Why not ask and have a quick settlement of my curiosity?” But a voice within cautioned that he would not be given the real, deep, significant reply even if he asked a hundred questions, so he finally decided to keep quiet.
After some time, the work being completed, David gave Sukman the coat of mail and said, “This armour is invincible, it will give you complete protection in battle. It is the coat of patience which keeps away anxiety. It is the touchstone which converts brass into gold. Always keep quiet and have patience and everything will come your way. Do not complain to the Lord, questioning, ‘Why, why this, why that?’ Have faith and patience.”
In Search of the Way
Have patience! In time, even grass becomes milk.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Legacy of Love