In Times of Calm, In Times of Worry by Michael Winner/6/4/2021 My six-year-old son has a … close relationship with one of my friends. They’re always starting up with each other when they are together, to the point that I honestly don’t know who’s starting what. Yesterday, after picking him up from his pre-school, my wife was walking down the street and my friend called over my son to give him something. My son ran up to him and started to kick him. My wife yelled at him to stop, for obvious reasons. He turned to his mother with a shocked look and said, “But Mommy… he’s my FRIEND!” That’s what six-year-old boys do to show their friendship. Why my wife couldn’t see that… I have no idea…. Women…. After a miraculous escape from Egypt and after witnessing the utter destruction of Egypt's army at the Red Sea, the Jewish nation received the Torah and spent a year or so in the desert, cut off from the world and being supported by miraculous deeds. While there were some troubling times, in the end, the Nation was poised ready to enter Eretz Yisroel. With it's entrance, the Jewish people would have, under Moshe's leadership, conquered the land, and elevated the entire nation to levels which it never experienced. Shortly before entering, the people wished to send out spies to tour the land and to seek it's strengths and weaknesses. This idea was supported by Hashem, since it is a proper course of action for any military conquest to gather intelligence before planning the attack. After all, while we rely on Hashem, we are still obligated to do our part. In the end, the spies returned worried about what they saw. It was clear to them that this could very well be a military blunder that could destroy the nation. The nation in turn, begin to believe their reports, and it went downhill from there. It's interesting to note what was going to be and what happened in the end. Hashem was about to fulfill His centuries-old promise to Avraham to bring his children "home". This, from my understanding, would be the Messianic era. Everything would have been complete. The centuries of exiles, pogroms, holocausts, etc… would not have occurred. The Beis HaMikdash would have been built, and our mission would have been accomplished. The nation itself was ready to fulfill that. They wanted to fulfill that. However, "reality" got in the way. They began to have their doubts, despite all that they personally have witnessed. And because of that, look at the opportunity that was lost. There is a big lesson we must always remember. Hashem is looking out for our best. He wants us to succeed, both as a nation and as individuals. He wants each and every person to grow, and when they grow, they 'enable' Hashem to give more. However, when we forget this, we begin to believe that the world around us controls us, Hashem falls to the wayside, and we believe that we are on our own. Many of us have had times where our Emunah was high. We had periods of life where we were constantly seeing Hashem's hand in things. We thought to ourselves, "I can continue like this, this is not so bad…", but then something occurs, or even if something didn't yet occur, we know that there might be "troublesome" times ahead. And what do we do? We begin to worry, then we begin to panic. Then, in the end, where is Hashem? It's similar to a person who has experienced years of steady work. They have enough money, plus a little more, and are relatively comfortable. They thank Hashem everyday for their income and truly believe it comes from Him. Then one day, they receive word that they have only a month left until the company is closing down. The person is shocked. They don't know what to do. They begin to search frantically for other jobs, speaking to whomever they can. The begin to worry all day and night. And it gets worse and worse as the thirty day limit approaches. And this is a normal reaction. However, as hard as it is, it's not supposed to be our reaction. Yes, we are supposed to go out and look for work. That's what Hashem wants. However, what is our attitude? Is it the same as we had when things were good? Are we able to maintain the same learning schedule that we did when things were good? Did we maintain the same level of peace in the home as we did when things were good? Did we speak to people with the same calmness as we did when things were good? This is what the Jewish people experienced and where they failed. It's a lifetime of work, but it's something that everybody is obligated to work on. Hashem has a plan and wishes to give us what is best for us. But truly embracing that notion even through difficult times, we will in the end receive what is best for us. However, if we fail, and lose sight of Who's running the world, we can lose it all. Have a wonderful Shabbos!