Minute #592: Cloud Cover

“Your son was so cute at graduation this morning, especially when he went up to accept his two awards!” Adele said.

The positive comment went right over Elisheva’s head. It was as if she didn’t hear it.

“All the kids are special, but he is a cut above the rest. You should be proud,” Adele added. Her second attempt to cheer up her friend also fell flat.

“I’ve got so many problems to solve before we move to the country for the summer,” Elisheva groused. “If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Problems, problems, problems.”

“Can I ask you a question?” Adele said. “Where is the sun today?”

Looking up at the cloud-filled sky, Elisheva answered, “There is no sun today.”

“Oh, yes, there is, my dear,” her friend replied. “It’s up there where it always is during the day. If you only see the clouds, you begin to believe there is no sun. You can be sure it’s there even if you can’t see it.”

Life was designed as a series of difficulties meant to be solved, followed by even more tests. The one who trusts in Hashem and has a positive attitude confronts each challenge and grows from adversity. One who focuses on the test but fails to comprehend that it’s Hashem who is designing the “spiritual workout” begins to believe that the problems are “bad” — rather than Heaven-sent gifts.

The way to rejuvenate yourself to face another test is to realize that even when clouds block the sun, the sun is always there — warming our planet and providing light. Hashem tests you for your own benefit.

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

The path to acquiring peace in the home is threefold: in thought, speech and deed… Rambam wrote (Hilchot Ishut, chap. 15): “his manner of speech with her should be soft, and he should not be sad or nervous.” And even if he was disappointed with his learning or his business, he should not demonstrate sadness to his wife because she expects her husband to share in her burdens. He should show a happy face in the limited time he spends with her. (Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul, Or L’Tzion, p. 183)