“In good times anybody can serve Krishna. Difficult times are a REAL TEST of a devotee.
Sometimes because of our Karmas or something, the situation becomes very complicated. Krishna is just watching. He allows it to go on. But anyway nothing happens without His permission. When he sees that the devotee, even though in problem, is still thinking of Me and is wanting to serve Me, then he becomes ‘purchased’ and feels that this devotee is so determined to serve Me.
If you want to impress Krishna, you should serve Him not only in the good times but other times also. In difficult times if we say, “Forget it, I won’t serve”, that kind of friend you can get anywhere. You can buy people like that. Real Devotee means, that you serve anytime and in any circumstance.
Krishna promises He will protect you. He wants to see whether you believe Him or not. If He sees that this person even in distress is looking to Him for protection, then Krishna will protect. If he is not looking for protection, then why will He protect? We have to be fixed that we want Krishna’s protection, then He will protect us, in His own way.”From the book: Vaisnava Vani
Courtesy: Mathuradesh Publications