A Siberian shaman asked God to show him a man that He loved. The Lord advised him to look for a certain farmer.
“What do you do to make the Lord love you so much?” the shaman asked the farmer when he found him.
“I say His name in the morning. I work all day and say His name before going to sleep. That’s all,” the farmer replied.
I think I found the wrong man, thought the shaman.
Just then the Lord appeared and said, “Fill a bowl with milk, go to town and then return. Without spilling a single drop.”
The shaman did so. On his return, the Lord wanted to know how many times he had thought of Him.
“How could I? I was worried not to spill the milk!”
“A simple bowl made you forget Me,” said the Lord, “and the farmer, with all his tasks, thinks of me twice a day.”
'The Beloved Man' originally published on Paulo Coelho's blog.