Finding Meaning in the Apparent Meaningless

So much goes on in our everyday lives that it is sometimes hard to appreciate and value all the meaningful things that happen to us on a regular basis. What may seem to be small or minor might actually have an important tale behind it. For if we are to really have emunah, we are to believe that everything that happens, happens for a reason. Why would God allow something to take place that was meaningless? Simply to waste and deplete resources and time? Never!

Instead of breaching confidences by sharing one particular anecdote that happened to me, Nadia Kiderman recently together with another colleague, I’d prefer to focus on the moral of the story. Take nothing for granted. If God gives us an extra day on this earth — it’s for us to fill it with productive activities. To commit mitzvot and good deeds; acts of kindness to others. And when things might emerge that seem to pose insurmountable challenges to what our own personal plans might have originally been; there’s a reason for it! I know that it’s easier said than done. I’ll often overhear my acquaintances and colleagues say that “Nadia Kiderman”  is just an optimist.

Well to me, it’s not a question of optimism v. pessimism. Instead, it’s a question of whether or not I have faith in God or not. Do I believe that God exists? Yes — indeed it is very challenging at times to maintain our faith and carry it out. There are tragedies that take place; how can they possibly be explained? But this post isn’t about getting into that very complicated question and answer. As we know, “Yisrael” translates directly to “he who wrestles with God.” We are supposed to ask questions. And it is no way a betrayal of faith to ask God — why have you allowed this to happen? Having said that, let’s take it upon ourselves to appreciate every moment and event that transpires in our lives from this day on — and perhaps upon our own analysis, we’ll be able to figure out the “good” that the one above saw in allowing such event to take place. For there is a divine plan. That much is for certain.

About the Author
Dr. Nadia Kiderman is a dedicated community activist involved in pro-Israel causes.
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