This is the day of Malchut within Netzach, nobility within endurance. On this day, I think about my ambitions and goals in life. I wonder if they really represent me at my best and highest self. I think about how, day to day, I can stay focused on the very best things that my life can be used to bring into the world.
I do believe that everyone on this planet has a purpose that comes from the highest source. We all have a piece of nobility within us that can be revealed when we turn our life toward that purpose. The trick, of course, is discovering what that purpose is and sticking to it for the long haul. It's not easy, but it is worth reaching toward.
In Pirkei Avot, Rabban Gamaliel says, "Do God's will as if it were your own. Then God will do your will as if it were God's own" (M. Avot 2:4). It strikes me as a curiously circular teaching. If I only want what God wants, of course it must follow that God will want what I want! In math, we would say that if a=b, then b=a. What is so profound about that?
The profundity for me is in the discovery that my relationship with God is mutual and dynamic. This is not a mathematical equation. When I set the pattern of my life toward doing the things that touch upon my purpose, I discover that doing them is my greatest joy. God's will becomes my will. I also discover that the universe cooperates with the effort, even if it is very hard work. I find that I am strengthened by something beyond myself when I do what I was made to do. I encounter a power and a splendor in my life that is within me but does not come from me.
On this 28th day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to keeping my eyes on that prize – doing what I was meant to do and finding strength, endurance and nobility within it.
May this be a day in which you connect with the path for which you were made. May you thus find that your soul shines with the highest and brightest light.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer