Saturday, March 12, 2005

There is no such thing as a coincidence...

I'm a pretty simple person. I can't always think of detailed, inspiring divrei Torah, nor can I write in the most brilliant style to transfix my readers. But I appreciate others that do that!!

For me, however, it's little things that make a big impact, so I try to pass them on. Today I was saying Barchi Nafshi after Mincha (which I didn't realize till today that you were supposed to say after Shabbos mincha..), and the Shir Hama'alos that follow. In 127 (whoa...on Rosh Chodesh Adar...this is becoming waaaay more apropos than I thought it was in the beginning!!), it says (and I'll translate cause I don't have Hebrew fonts on this computer):

It is vain for you who rise early, who sit up late, who eat the bread of sorrows-for indeed, He gives His beloved ones restful sleep.

Looking in my handy-dandy Artscroll commentary, it says that "without G-d's help, builders will fail, though they work early and late and deprive themselves of food, rest and tranquility. To His beloved ones, however, who trust in Him, and whose primary goal is spiritual growth, G-d will give restful sleep." (It was talking about builders in the previous pasuk, which is why the commentary uses builders in its explanation).

Well. I am in crunch time right now at school. I have a 10-14 page paper, an exam, and a 6 page paper that I have to write. I have Latin to memorize, and internship applications to finish and send in. I have been rising early, sitting up late, and eating crazy meals (or none, depending on time...). And then I come across this pasuk of Tehilim which tells me to trust in Hashem, and focus on the spiritual, cause THAT'S what's important and makes things happen.

Like I said, it's simple things that strike me. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we need a little emunah p'shuta to get us through the day. Yes, I'm still going to be researching long and hard, but it's good to know that the Creator of the universe, the Almighty King, is sitting right next to me, guiding my pen, and helping me finish my work quickly and efficiently, so that I can move on to the important things in life.

4 comments:

yingele said...

Vehaboiteach bashem, afilu rosho*, chesed yesoivevenu!

*Added in Medresh Tanchuma

Karl said...

There is no such thing as coincidence ;-)

One must always appriciate the small things in life.

Jen said...

You are so sweet to me. Thank you. *hugs*

Stx said...

*Blushes* Gawsh...What a compliment!