It has been said that God doesn’t care about our prayers- after all God loves us unconditionally, right? God doesn’t “need” us; He doesn’t require that we show up and do all of our spiritual connections, use all of our spiritual tools.
In fact, the only reason we apply ourselves towards spiritual growth is because it is we who need the Creator, we who need a process that can allow our negativity to balance itself. But the only way people can achieve balance in anything is through some type of effort.
When misfortune arrives at our doorstep, why panic, stress, or worry when we could choose to get excited about the opportunity we are being offered?
Misfortune isn’t a bad thing if it compels us to change. Any pain, lack, or negativity is like a flashing red signal that something is wrong. By finding what’s wrong (not just externally, but internally), we can correct it and receive so much more.
We can take even our disasters and turn them into good, but it’s truly up to us.
This week's portion begins, "The Creator speaks to Moses saying, "speak to Aaron and say to him, Beha'alot'cha et hanerot, when you elevate, when you light the candles in the candelabra in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, make sure that the candles shine towards the center, what’s called the face of the candelabra.'"