It’s counterintuitive, but the older we get—obtaining wisdom, achieving goals, and gaining mastery over ever greater skills—the more we perceive the Creator’s involvement in our lives and His ability to lend us the strength to be who we are meant to be.
Yet, our cynicism can develop at an almost parallel pace. Yes, we see Divine Providence in our lives and in the world at large, but does it really make a difference if we say the words of davening clearly? If we hold in feelings of anger one extra time? Or if we’re more meticulous about the performance of mitzvos?
The medrash tells us that, “G-d desired a dwelling place in this world.” Not in the spiritual worlds of perfect angels. In this physical world of time, space and matter. Of ego, jealousy, and hate. In this world, we are expected to elevate each action, speech, and even thought to be in line with the will of our Creator as expressed in the Torah. As it says in Pirkei Avos, “One hour of Torah and good deeds in this world is worth more than all of the World to Come.”
When we act this way, we become partners with the Creator, so to speak. He created something from nothing. We elevate something and infuse it with G-dliness. It’s happening already, even if we only get to see it when Mashiach comes.
The next time our cynical voice says, “What are you accomplishing with this cold action?” we should answer, “everything.”
Wishing you a rejuvenating Shabbos,