Minute #470: Who?

Michal was a little nervous as she entered the hospital room. Her friend Chavi was in for treatments and Michal wasn’t sure what to expect. Fortunately, Chavi was having a good day and was excited to see her friend. Time passed as the girls talked about many topics. Then Michal noticed a parchment in a frame with the words “Ein Ohd Milevado.”

“What’s that?” she asked. “I see a lot of pictures and trinkets here that you had in your room and I’m sure they make this sterile place homier, but I don’t remember ever seeing that one before.”

“My brother brought it,” Chavi replied. “He said that I should always remember that the One Who heals the sick is Hashem — and everyone else is just a messenger. He also told me to whisper a prayer when anyone administers medicines, saying ,‘Please Hashem, make the treatment that Your messenger is providing work to make me healthy.’”

It is important not to lose sight of Who runs the world. When someone is ill, chas v’shalom, one is expected to seek the best medical practitioners and treatments available. However, even in stressful times, one must never lose sight of the One Who really runs the world in all its detail.

Realizing the truth of this fact, one should recite tefillot on behalf of a complete recovery. The Gemara says: “Even if a sharp sword is lying on a person’s neck, one should not give up on the mercies of Hashem” (Berachot 10a). Requesting berachot from Gedolim is also a way of highlighting your needs to the One Above.

Understanding Who is running the world also brings about peace and understanding between people. If someone feels another has harmed him or her, recognizing the damage was inflicted by Hashem through that messenger will make it easier to forgive. When people share a problem — for example, challenges in having children — believing Hashem gives children and sometimes withholds them from some couples lessens the probability of tensions developing between husband and wife.

Remember Who is in charge and turn to Him for solutions.