Thursday, February 4, 2010

But I WANT It!

I was standing in my married friend's apartment, doing my hair. (Don't ask and don't ask.) She held her squirming baby, shmoozing with me and watching for bits I missed. At some point, the baby got bored of talk about jobs and shidduchim, and decided to take back the conversation. She leaned over and reached for the iron.

I jumped back, scared she'd get hurt. She reached further, but I just moved further away. She started to cry. Her mother tried distracting her with something else, but she wanted none of it. All she wanted was my piping hot hair iron.

The baby wailed, and her mother and I marveled at the phenomenon. I wrote a poem along these lines once, but this mashal is so awesomely clear now.

How often do we stretch out our hands, begging Hashem for something? How often do we cry and plead for a specific request? How many times have we refused to he placated with anything else? All that while, Hashem is holding it as far away from us as possible.

We only see the "no," we miss the "no my child, I don't want you to get hurt."

10 comments:

itsagift said...

Wow! So true.

Hashem knows what is best for us, we just have to trust in Him and believe in Him!

little sheep said...

so true!

Staying Afloat said...

So, so true. Thanks for the reminder.

Bored Jewish Guy said...

It's pretty funny, I just read this post and it seems like a perfect response to the post I just wrote, except that you wrote yours first.

MusingMaidel said...

beautiful. thanks

Frayda said...

very deep, nice

Dude with hat (aka BTS) said...

Thanks for Friday inspiration!

Yossi said...

it's called gevurah sheb'chesed

G6 said...

Wow.
Very good.
Thanks for sharing.

Something Different said...

IAG, LS, SA, MM, Frayda, BTS, G6- Yep, thanks. Glad you liked!

BJG- Nope, wrote it as the baby was howling for my hair iron. ;-)

Yossi- What do you mean? That Hashem doesn't give us things that aren't good for us?