By Yonatan Gordon
Over these past few weeks I’ve been met with a unique challenge.
Previously I would motivate myself to write in an effort to inspire, to encourage others, and in turn, inspire and encourage myself. But one of the reasons I stopped writing was because inspiring and encouraging is now commonplace. Wherever you look, there’s conflict and darkness, but there’s also some very clear bright light.
G-d is orchestrating the express-lane path to the Redemption, and we’re waking up.
Today the term “Messianic Times” doesn’t appear crazy or drastic; and now that rabbis and others have begun speaking openly in these terms, people have turned a listening ear to hear.
Today the test is not whether we can stay inspired or encouraged enough to press forward, but how to process the vast amounts of change.
The train to Redemption is traveling at full speed. And while it is remarkable to live in this time, the task of finding stable ground to stand on is trying.
We are in transition mode. The passage between the vintage world of the past, and the neo-modern world of the future. And we are living, experiencing, that moment smack in the middle.
So what’s the problem with the Redemption? Yes it’s amazing and wondrous, but it also may stop us those doing anything… from participating in the process. It’s for this reason that I decided to write tonight. Because it’s easy to sit back and watch this great movie unfold. But it’s much harder to actually take a starring role… or at least travel to be part of the film shoot.
Neither too much nor too little energy is healthy. Too little leads to lethargy, apathy, the opposite of life and vitality. And too much can break us, God forbid. So what is a person to do when the world is really intense (read: nuclear)? Learn how to package that light within reasonable pursuits that make sense (what’s called “rectified vessels”).
For instance, I could have titled this essay: “The Redemption is coming… quick, repent!” like sites have been doing. But the result is typically the opposite… in-action instead of action. Even if the video or article is believed, now what? Sit with packed bags ready to travel to Jerusalem?
Instead, by approaching these miraculous times with a reasoned and controlled response, we preserve the experience. Instead of getting excited and doing nothing (aside from perhaps sharing it on Facebook), coping with the Redemption means integrating it into our lives. It means self-refinement. And at the present it means taking Sefirat Haomer to heart.