Parashat Lekh Lekha- Go Even Though You Don't Know
6. And he believed in HaShem, and He accounted it to him as righteousness.
ו. וְהֶאֱמִן בַּה' וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לּוֹ צְדָקָה:
I was to once supposed to move into an apartment for a short while, and the night before the
big move, I was told that I would no longer be able to move in. How can you change this last minute? I asked. To ease my discomfort, I kept thinking about reasons how or why this could be happening. I thought I had it all set, I was so excited to move in. I understood though that HaShem wants it this way and so of course, I accepted the situation. I thought some more and realized something. It didn't all change last minute, it was supposed to happen this way all along, HaShem just revealed it to us last minute.
Sometimes in life we think we know exactly how things are going to go, and other times, we have absolutely no idea what HaKadosh Barukh Hu wants of us, but regardless, only HaShem knows what will truly happen and the fact of the matter is that to us this is concealed.
Even our own Avraham Avinu (at this point known as Avram) faces this fact! The Ribono Shel Olam tells Avram at the beginning of the Parashah, 'Lekh Lekha Me'Arssekha….El HaAress Asher Ar'eka'. Go for yourself from your land…Go!! To where? Just go!! I'll show you the way... To the land that I will show you….
AVRAM AVINU HAD NO IDEA WHERE HE WAS GOING!! HaShem tells Avram to get up and go, and he goes. He doesn't as questions, he doesn't complain, he doesn't cut corners or give excuses. He says, HaShem this is what you want? This is what's best for me? I'll do it.
For this, HaKadosh Barukh Hu says to Avraham Avinu 'I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will exalt your name; and you will be a blessing.' Rashi explains that this was a guarantee of offspring, wealth and reputation, respectively. Why?
When one is constantly traveling (as Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imenu were instructed to do), it is exactly those three things that he or she is unable to do. How can Avraham Avinu's wife bear a child if they are too busy constantly relocating themselves from one place to another? How can they possibly amass wealth in a city where they are not established? Even more so, how can they attain a reputable name if they do not live somewhere long enough for others to even recognize them? Yet Avram Avinu had so much Emunah in HaShem that He will lead them and take care of them and fulfill this promise.
In life, sometimes HaShem asks up to get up and go even if He doesn't tell us where. Next time you don't understand what can come of a situation or how you would even get out of it, next time you are confused or terrified or want to give up hope has ve Shalom, remember that you're not seeing the whole picture; you're not meant to, HaShem intends it to be this way. The destination is already planned for us in advance, only it is just revealed to us later on. Only HaShem knows everything, He sees the big picture. If He asks you to go, get up and go, what's the difference if you know the destination or not if you're still going to the same place? HaShem does this so we could gain rewards and benefits along the way and that we can come to an understanding of things on our own along the way of this journey without it being spelled out to us. If we knew in advance, we would only mentally acknowledge the facts of our lives and it stops there, but this way, this beautiful way, we personally internalize everything that goes on in our lives, our experiences very much become part of us. Don't worry about the destination, focus on making the best of your journey. Just accept life with open arms and don't think you are the one who chooses it all. You don't choose your destination, but you choose how you are going to get there. Go where HaShem guides you; not anywhere else—and do it with love, appreciation and beSimhah! Do what you think is right, do what you think is required of you, and the rest will be covered. Have the Emunah that HaKadosh Barukh Hu will send you the good you deserve regardless of if you think it would even be physically impossible to receive it. Avraham Avinu had the Emunah that even though there seems to be absolutely no possible way for him to receive offspring, wealth and reputation that it would happen. Just look who his descendants are today.
Be'Ezrat HaShem may we develop the steadfast Emunah and Bitahon that HaKadosh Barukh Hu is constantly guiding our lives even though we ourselves don't know where we are headed. May we trust that He knows best for us, and lovingly and willingly accept what He chooses for us. BH like this we will never have to worry about anything at all, just only that we should be doing the right thing and having proper Yiraat Shamayim and a thriving relationship with the Ribono Shel Olam. May we always recognize the Hashgahah, Divine Providence, in our lives and be appreciative of it!! In this zekhout may we merit the coming of Mashiah ben David beKarov, Amen!
Wishing everyone a very special Shabbat Shalom uMevorakh!