This is a short post about a long topic but I'm running out for a breakfast date with my sisters (Yay!), but didn't want to lose the inspiration.
I often find myself in a place where I WANT to do G-d's will. I WANT to surrender to whatever His plan is for me. But I feel unsure and stuck. When I looked at the parashah (weekly Torah portion) this week, Lech Lecha, I was struck by G-d's commandment to Avraham. "Lech Lecha--" Just go. Now. No questions asked. Follow Me to an unknown destination.
What did Avraham do when he came to a fork in the road? How did he know whether to turn left or right? Maybe he didn't. Maybe he just said a little prayer and did whatever seemed right to him. Maybe the lesson of Lech Lecha is that in doing G-d's will, we don't need to know--maybe even that it's best that we don't know. Maybe uncertainty is exactly that which will develop us into true ovdei Hashem, servants of G-d.
For today, my Lech Lecha means go out with my sisters even though I don't know how my work will get done. ;-)
What's your Lech Lecha? And what do you do when you come to a fork in the road?
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