This week’s Torah portion is full of regulations and commands that were given to Moses to be given to the people of Israel. They were additional laws, aside from the Ten Commandments. However, there are some Jewish rabbis that believe these laws were initially given to the 70 nations. Most every nation did not accept the laws and regulations, somehow finding a way out; or perhaps it didn’t agree to their standards. So they chose not to follow certain laws, and choose what was right and what was wrong. However, when the laws were presented to Israel, before even hearing of its content, they all said together, “All the people answered together and said, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’” (Ex. 19:8) They trusted the Word of God, and agreed to follow all the laws and commands, knowing that He is a good Father, true to His Word. Now if this is true what they say, then think about it!
I want to start out by saying that I believe we all see things, situations, and circumstances in a different light. Some are similar in their perspectives, others may be the complete opposite. Take introverted and extroverted people, for example. People who are introverted may see a circumstance completely different than how an extroverted person may see things. However, if we are all believers, we should all be able to view things from God's perspective, and allow ourselves to see things how HE sees things. Let me explain...
Suppose you are or have been going through a hard time and have been very discouraged lately. Maybe you’ve felt a sense of loss, pity, depression, anxiety, worry, or just a very heavy burdened pressure. Have you felt impatient or frustrated? Have you felt de-valued or downtrodden? Or maybe you feel you’re in an odd state of confusion. Whatever it is that you may be feeling or going through, keep reading, because this post is for you.
I realize that I said I would put out a post about Hanukkah and what it means to me. Obviously Hanukkah is over, and I didn’t get a chance to write what I wanted to. Not to say that I still can’t; however, I don’t think I’m supposed to. I think I’m supposed to talk about something else. I believe I’m supposed to write from my heart.
I was recently listening to a song, and part of the lyrics in the song were “the only way up is down”. I have heard that particular song many times over again, but for some reason those lyrics stuck out to me and created a deeper meaning for me. One can easily question this statement of, “how can the way up be to go down?” When I thought about this deeply, it made a whole lot of sense, and created an amazing perspective that I believe people often don’t understand.