A short and simple thought for this week, as I'm going to be out searching this Sabbat.
When we are not in motion, when our lives are standing still, the chances of encountering G"d are slim. It's when we are in motion, when our lives are changing, when we take risks, that our chances of encountering G"d increase.
Yaakov encounters angels and G"d when he starts out on his journey from Beersheva. It is then that he makes his conditional bargain with G"d. What is it the he sees in his dream? Angels - in motion, going up and down a ladder.
When Yaakovs trials in Haran are at and end and he sets out for home, he again encounters angels. Nothing is related of this encounter other than the fact that it occurred. Yet it is a profound enough event that Yaakov names the place G"d's camp. (I guess by this point Yaakov was beginning to understand that gods were not fixed in one place. G"d would be with him wherever he went. Cairns that once served to mark holy places for particular gods could now become markers of encounters with G"d.)
It's time to stop waiting around for a chance encounter with G"d. If we want to encounter G"d, perhaps we need to be active, in motion. If G"d is in search of humanity, and we're searching for G"d, odds are greater we might actually bump into each other.
See ya later. I'm off an encounter...I hope.
©2007 by Adrian A. Durlester
Some other musings on this parasha:
Vayeitzei 5767-Hapax On
All Your Hapaxes
Vayetze 5766-Pakhad HaShem?
Vayetze 5765-Cows and Cranberries
Vayetze 5764-Terms and Conditions
Vayetze 5763-Now and Then
Vayetze 5762-Change in Perspective
Vayetze 5760-Taking Gd's Place
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