According to the Torah this week, God is revealed through a protective cloud that accompanied the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. But we are not given to understand the nature of that cloud, just as we are not given to understand the essence of what we call “God.” According to the Torah this week, God is revealed through a protective cloud that accompanied the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. But we are not given to understand the nature of that cloud, just as we are not given to understand the essence of what we call “God.”
So do I believe that while we cannot comprehend the existence that is God, we can understand the observation of Albert Einstein: That in life, “either everything is a miracle or nothing is a miracle.” Yes, for me, God is the “great enabler.” The One who makes possible our capacity to think and to imagine – our capacity to envision something better for ourselves and our world and to act upon that vision. As we live in a world that knows so much about so-called natural disasters, and the painful atrocities that we humans bring upon each other, I do not believe that God is the all-knowing and all-powerful being who is the cause of any of this. Rather, it’s from what I call God that we are endowed with the capacity to feel outrage, to feel compassion, and to possess the capacity to act for the betterment of the human condition.
I didn’t used to understand what our sages meant when they said that “God is beneath every blade of grass, summoning it to grow.” But I’ve come to appreciate that metaphor as it bespeaks a spirit that is behind all of existence. Whether it be a baby that comes into the world with its own predisposition, or a scientific or medical discovery that stretches the human mind, it all bespeaks a mysterious, if not miraculous “source” that makes such things possible.
You, me, our children and grandchildren: I believe that we all have a “touch” of the Divine within us. Whatever we believe about God, each of us represents a “miracle” in the realm of existence. So may we all be sources of light and blessing in a world where each of us is so much needed.