12. Moses Questions God


Moses once asked God, "Why do you destroy the life you have brought forth?"
God did not answer the question but only said, "Go sow a field with seed, and then you will know."
Moses sowed, the crop grew, and the ears of wheat waved in the wind. Moses took a sickle and began the harvest.
Then God's voice rang out. "Why do you destroy the life you have brought forth?"
"Because I must separate the straw and grain on the threshing floor," Moses replied.
"If you understand how to do that," replied God, "then know that I do likewise."



Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in More Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry.
Notes: This is story 125 in the book.



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