The Great Artist

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con 2011 - artist Luis Calderon is angry at art!
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Once upon a time, a well-known painter was working on a painting. It’s an incredibly beautiful painting to be shown at the Airport during the upcoming festival season. The painter wanted this painting to be a master piece.

He worked on it for weeks on the top of a 24 storey building. He was consumed by and excited with his own painting that he unconsciously took a few step backward while admiring the 2 x 8 m painting. He didn’t look back when he walked backward. He kept on walking backward until it was a step away from the edge of the 24storey building. Just one more step backward and he could have fallen to his death.

A man saw what the painter was doing and was about to shout at him to warn him when he realized that his shout might surprise the painter and thus make him take that fatal one step backward and fall down. So the man took a brush and some paint and began to paint on the beautiful painting until it was damaged.

Upon realizing what happened to his painting, the painter got very angry and moved forward to hit the man. However, some other people who were also present at the vicinity held him and showed him his last position which almost made him fall.

MORAL: Sometimes we have painted our future with such beauty and dreamed of beautiful days we will spend with our loved one, but then God seemes to destroy our beautiful painting when God sees what danger lies ahead of us. Sometimes we are angry and annoyed by what God has done to us, but one thing we have to keep in our mind is that our Creator is Most Wise and always keeps our best of interest in mind!

So when God, in His Infinite Wisdom, tests us with a situation that we think is  difficult or takes away something that in our mind was good for us, we need to remember that perhaps it may not be so. Perhaps if we had continued in our way, it might have been harmful for us and whatever God decreed for us is actually better for us, for He is All-Wise and All-Knowing.

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35 Responses to The Great Artist

  1. Anthony March 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM #

    Dear Sara,

    I had complained to God just this morning about such things that I was not happy about the way things are been allowed by our Lord.Your message came in just at the right time, to tell me that God Is God.Thanks Buddy & God bless you and your loved ones.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ March 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM #

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with FFJ. And glad to know FFJ post was beneficial for you.
      You are welcome 🙂

  2. Anthony March 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM #

    Dear Sara,

    I had complaint to God just this morning about such things that I was not happy about the way things are been allowed by our Lord.Your message came in just at the right time, to tell me that God Is God.Thanks Buddy & God bless you and your loved ones.

  3. Roderick October 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM #

    A good story with a great moral. Mr Peel says “Just remember that Dorothy did not always see the emerald city on her trip to Oz…but with faith she stayed on the yellow brick road.”

  4. mamoona naz July 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM #

    yes no doubt he is the great creator and merciful.

  5. Zafar Iqbal September 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM #

    Yes. So very true… We must look before we move….

  6. N Kiran126 November 14, 2011 at 9:18 AM #

    I love Sara’s all stories. I even share them with friends at Satsangs. Thank you Sara, thank you very much!!

    • Sara November 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM #

      Thanks a lot Kiran.

  7. Shakabansh5 November 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM #

    Hi,Sara : almost gonna loose his life but the man act on time and safe the artist life

  8. sayed Kefah Almasoud November 5, 2011 at 6:38 AM #

    ???? ???? ???? ??? ?? ??? ?? ????? ?????? ?????? ????

  9. Heba November 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM #

    thanks Allah ,forgive us for any something  wrong we may do
    ya rahman
    ya ghafour
    ?? ??? ??? ??? ?????? ??? ??? ?? ????????


    • sharif123 January 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM #

      agree with you

  10. Humayun November 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM #

    this is the real essence of life, we should not forget this devine rule. This is enough to help us build a contented life.

  11. Dori November 2, 2011 at 8:09 PM #

    Thank you Nazeer, for quoting this ayat,  for it was the very thing on my mind.

  12. Syed Mazhar Hussain November 2, 2011 at 4:21 PM #

    jazakallah… Thanx for sharin…

    • Sara November 4, 2011 at 4:58 AM #


  13. Adonis Argus November 2, 2011 at 3:38 PM #

    oh hello man … you have wrongly translated this ayat  … you have cut out start of ayat which is about jihad n most essential …. to which it is specifically related …

  14. Zshan_6 November 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM #

    that is awesome

  15. Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 2:38 PM #

    please tell me this story was here before

    but it is still good 🙂

  16. Haider Ali786 November 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM #


  17. Nazeer Ataullah November 2, 2011 at 9:39 AM #

    I only remember this verse of Holy Quran when I read this story.
    “it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” 2:216

    • Sara November 2, 2011 at 10:12 AM #

      Jazakallah for sharing the Quranic Ayat.

  18. Green Alwani November 2, 2011 at 8:45 AM #

    Great story it is, regardless of being fiction or non-fiction. Again and again man won’t give up following the empty essence of faith in Allah, the Merciful Creator.

    The lake of faith, one of the most complicated issues in our life. However, Faith doesn’t mean to give up leaving your dreams fade away, neither to hurt others for achieving your dreams. After all, out of my experience in life, i can say that as long as you are doing something useful for humanity, at least one human or even yourself, then God sets all means for you to achieve your dreams including obstacles that sharpen your determination.

  19. Abier November 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM #

    very good moral =)
    thanks for sharing this story with us….

    • Sara November 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM #

      Thanks Abier.

  20. Mubarek Alamin85 November 2, 2011 at 7:28 AM #

    Is this faction or non-faction story?

  21. Mubarek Alamin85 November 2, 2011 at 7:27 AM #

    Yeap Yeap is more closer than what you can think.. 
    you either follow the devil plan or follow Allah’s plan. 
    you choose either heaven or hell.
    Allah’s command or devil’s worldly design.

  22. Stephen November 2, 2011 at 6:42 AM #

    I have faced this experience several times, but just last month after working hard for approx. 45 days & awaiting the rewards (L/C) on 20.10.11, the whole project was cancelled after signing of the docs etc…. I had a handsome profit, BUT during our weekly Prayers, i interceded in front of one & all & thanked God for helping me & saving me from a disaster which was hidden & having no regrets for losing my time, efforts, money etc… Whatever happens, always happens for our best, even if you have lost everything in life, there is always a purpose & if you accept that, you will be rewarded in 100 folds. God bless All. 

  23. Sdanyalali November 2, 2011 at 6:38 AM #

    absolutely right ! A good moral ever…

  24. Sdanyalali November 2, 2011 at 6:38 AM #

    absolutely right ! A good moral ever…

  25. mustafa August 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM #

    we shouldn’t be sad with what we’ve got

    it might just be great

    ???? ?? ?????? ???? ? ?? ??? ???

    • sharif123 January 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM #

      very much true

  26. Reem Zeidan March 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM #

    allah sob7anak, how can we not believe in ur wisdom, in ur generousity,….? even the lips are moveless when they want 2 discribe u,,,, because no one can ever imagine or count ur gifts…. its enough 4 us that we r honoured to live under ur glory….

  27. True spokesman March 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM #

    Actually my friend had a car accident 4 years ago, his left-hand and right-leg are 50% damaged since then, he was really pissed n we all were sorry for him.. BUT this month we all know that it actually was for his own good, when you know that my friend is a soldier n we have war in our country now, plus the place where he used to work is (in Gaddafi’s militia) in the wrong side.. I am from Libya 😀

  28. Maqsood March 21, 2011 at 6:09 AM #

    yes Allah hu Akbar