And in the wilderness where you have seen how that the LORD your G-d carried you as a man does bear his son in all the way that you went until you came into this place —– Deuteronomy 1:31
Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you, G-d, are with me. —-Psalms 23
Really!!– The Zohar Vol. 2 pg. 57
In the world at large, if your boss sends you on a mission, he generally stays at the office, while you go off to accomplish the assigned task. But that’s not the case when G-d sends you on a mission. G-d comes along.
This is the meaning of the verse in Psalm 127: “If G-d doesn’t build your house, your labor is for nothing.”
Now you might think that if G-d is going to build your house, why do you have to labor at all? The Psalm is saying that you must labor nonetheless, but if you don’t invite G-d into your work, your efforts will be worthless. You will not have the energy to achieve your task. You can choose to build a house; you can haul the bricks and the mortar, but, without G-d Who is the power source, your house will never get built in a meaningful way.
This is what’s unusual about our mission from G-d. The One who sends us, joins us in our mission. But if we don’t acknowledge His presence in our work and process, then we are powerless to truly succeed.
The daily focus of our life should be all about inviting G-d to join us in the performance of our mission.
A famous story tells about a man who dreamt that he saw his whole life’s journey as footsteps in the sand. Sometimes there were two imprints — his and G-d’s. But, during the parts of the trek that were most difficult he saw only one set of footprints. He complained to G-d, “G-d, you promised me that you would always accompany me in my journey. How is it that during the most difficult times in my life you disappeared?” G-d responded, “I have always been with you. The reason why you only see one set of footprints is because during your most difficult times I carried you. Those footprints our mine.”
It is especially helpful to remember this in the most challenging moments.
During times of pain in your life have you ever asked, “Why is G-d doing this to me? Why is G-d hurting me?”
There is no answer to that question because it is the wrong question.
This question is based on a perception that there is a G-d, an invisible Being, floating out there in outer space, and you are down here on earth, separate and removed from Him. However, Kabbalah says that there is no such G-d and there is no such you. The true you is the soul and the soul is none other than a part of G-d.
Therefore the real question is, “Why is G-d doing this to an aspect of Himself?”
Now I admit that this question also has no answer, however, I think there is great comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your pain, that G-d is never out to get you, that whatever you are going through G-d completely shares. Remember, whatever G-d puts you through is also what He puts Himself through because you are a soul, an expression of Him.
If you embrace this consciousness then you will draw upon Divine strength and find great courage. You will rise to the occasion, overcome the challenge confronting you and experience the triumphant of the spirit.
No tear ever shed in the history of humanity is without Divine participation. We are never alone.