Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cleaning Pots and God

Several weeks ago I made a chickpea dish in a small metal pot on the stove and burnt the bottom of the pot into a dark grimy gritty black coating every square inch. I tried all sorts of cleaning products. I scrubbed until beads of sweat appeared on my forehead but the thick coat would not budge. I soaked it for three days in soapy water to try again, but nothing. Should I throw it away? I thought. It served me well for seven years, maybe today it just could do no more. I poured in some water and left it there. Each day as I cleaned dishes or scrubbed a pot I saw it sitting there. I changed the water but refused to touch it, each time tempted to chuck it in the trash. Then today, two weeks later, as I cleaned the pressure cooker from last night's dinner I emptied the water from the small pot and decided to try to clean it once more, one last time. This time this hard gritty exterior yielded like flour in my hands. Within minutes I stared at my shiny metal pot. And to think I almost gave up.

When I stood on the Lanai overlook in Hawaii and saw the waves crashing against the spires of ancient volcanic ashes I felt God's presence so close to me I felt enveloped in His embrace. Today as I consider this metal pot, how gritty it looked, how impossible it seemed to salvage, now shiny and new in my hands, I felt that same powerful presence because even in this tiny little pot, in this nondescript house amongst thousands of others, His signs abound.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

and...you are a lawyer ? lol....Zulfi

sadeya said...

Nice musings!

By the way, I think education policy may be a field of interest for you since its a domestic issue of importance.

rickshawdiaries said...

I felt overwhelmed by a wave of love for you after reading this. mash'Allah you are a beautiful person who has been blessed with eyes that truly see.

Love,
B

Safiyyah said...

Salaams:

Beautiful post.

You didn't give up on the pot, and Allah (swt) doesn't give up on us.

Gift said...

A lovely post mashallah...seeing such beauty in such a simple thing...

P.s a tip for the pan, pour a little cola in there next time and heat until it starts to fizz...will take the burnt stuff off guaranteed!

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Anon said...

I come back after aages, to find you've got an agent! Congraulations!! If you keep blogging regularly, I promise I'll check regularly :)

mystic said...

What a post!!!

touchy.....

mysticaldancer said...

wonderful...i think we should all take the time to look at all the copper pots in our lives and what sticks to them . And the restorative power of the second chance .

Reem from www.reemfaruqi.com said...

this is beautiful! :)

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