One of the greatest of challenges in life is overcoming fear. We wonder, “What’s going to happen to me? How is this going to play out?” We can be overcome by fear of the unknown, finding ourselves paralyzed and unable to move forward.
This week’s Torah portion tells the story of Noach and the great flood. While the world was washed away, Noach and his family were protected in the ark that G-d commanded him to make.
Was Noach afraid? As the one to whom G-d communicated the message of the oncoming flood, was Noach filled with fear of the future calamity?
No! Noach was not afraid, as he knew the waters of the flood were not coming to harm him. He would be in a safe place, the ark, throughout the duration of the tempestuous waters.
In our life as well, there may be stormy waters. These are situations and worries that flood over us, and we feel like they are taking us over.
We must remember that they are not coming to drown us. These thoughts and worries, situations and issues may be turbulent. However, their function is to elevate us and to uplift us to greater heights. They serve to reveal inner strength and talents that lay latent within.
Just like Noach did not fear, so too we have no reason to fear.