There is an awake Sufi teacher in Bay Area that says that God lets you win the first few hands of poker. Then once you relax and think you’ve figured it out and are “winning”, He cleans you completely out.
My gratitude partner shared this analogy with me.
Somehow, I am more drawn to the image of God as a pool shark, but the story is the same:
God lets you win the first few games. You relax and think you are in control. And he cleans you out.