Building Up To Geulah! - Beshalach
Imagine you are building a tower. Every piece is gently placed in order to avoid collapse. Taking one piece at a time, and delicately placing them, may seem annoying at first, but when you look up, you see all the amazing results. Then, suddenly, out of the blue, your brother or sister comes running out of nowhere and destroys your entire tower! All your hard work is seemingly in shambles, totally worthless.
The truth is that when you build something once, it is very easy to rebuild it soon after. Have you ever worked hard on something just for someone else to completely destroy it? Don’t worry, it wasn't in vain.
In this week's Parsha, Parshas Beshalach, Hashem took the Yidden out of Mitzrayim! After they left successfully, people started complaining. Hashem brought ten makos to Pharaoh and the Mitzrim, and people complained. Hashem brought the Yidden to the sea, and saved the entire nation by splitting it, and people complained. Even when the Yidden were fully out of the clutches of Mitzrayim, they still complained.
Hashem was, so to speak, building a tower. With each thing He did for the Yidden, He was carefully laying another block. Then the yidden, with their complaints, knocked down the tower in total disregard, just like a kid brother or a sister.
In life, every day, we strive to build a magnificent tower. We do mitzvos, and acts of kindness, in order to lay down the bricks properly. In the way of the world, wherever there is positive there is a negative counterforce, a force that seems to knock down the magnificent tower we are working so hard to rebuild.
The thing to keep in mind is that every time we work on ourselves to add blocks to the tower, it becomes easier to rebuild when our tower seems to get knocked down.
Let's continue to learn Torah, and do mitzvos, adding bricks to the third and final Bais HaMikdash, which will not fall, with the coming of Moshiach right now!
Good shabbos All the best
Avroham Yehudah Ross