Has it been a while, years maybe, since you truly believed in God? Have you been so caught up in work, making money and providing for your family that there is simply no time for spirituality? Or have you always wondered what the True Path to God is? Have you always felt a loneliness and hunger for something missing? I once read (cannot remember the exact words) that loneliness is man’s hunger for God.
There is a Nigerian adage that ‘It is the child who lifts his arms that will be carried.’ Remember that Hadith about walking towards Allah and Him running to you?
Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA): the Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Allah, azzawajal, says, I am just as my slave thinks I am and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too remember him in Myself; and if he remembers me in a group of people, I remember him in a group better than that; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’ Sahih Bukhari Volume 9 Hadith 502
All you need to do is take that first step, raise your hands or stretch them out seeking Allah and He will come to you. He is there, has always been, will always be. He is closer to you than you know but He wants you to turn to Him, look for Him, acknowledge him, make the effort. Seek God truly and sincerely with all your heart and He will reveal Himself to you. Do your research. Read books, go for seminars, ask around, enjoy the company of those who love God.
You have spent so much time on other things, planning them carefully hoping for the best of outcomes but all those plans are for this life only. We are spirits in a human body. When we die, we return to our spiritual existence. What have we prepared for that life? Does it make sense to leave it to fate? Chance? Luck?
There is a life after death. I don’t know for sure because I haven’t been there but I believe because Allah says so. If you don’t quite believe, what do you have to lose by believing anyway? If you believe and work towards it, you win; and if there’s nothing on the other side, you don’t lose. You would have lived a life beneficial to the people you met on your sojourn. Following the rules of Allah, remembering Him and feeling His Presence is a beautiful thing and puts your heart at peace, like it has finally found home.
Don’t just strive for this world, strive for the Hereafter too and believe with all your heart that He will be there waiting for you; if only you will open your heart and re-affirm your belief in Him.