Once there was a Saint by the name of Usman. He was walking down the road with his disciples, when someone threw down a basket full of ashes on him from the third floor. The person who threw it did it innocently. It was not a deliberate act. Covered with ashes, Usman looked up and addressed God, “I am fit to have burning coals thrown on me because I love the world instead of You. But You are so merciful that You merely covered me with ashes.” Instead of anger, Usman responded with humility.
Humility is a must for aspiring devotees.