The Search of Elul: Introduction
One of the verses that is used to describe the Teshuvah process of the month of Elul is, “Seek God when He can be found; call Him when He is near (Isaiah 55:6).” This series, The Search, will focus on different approaches we can use to “Seek God.”
“On the day of my distress, my Master, I sought. My wound loses through the night, and does not cease; my soul refuses comfort (Psalms 77:3).” The exile of Tisha b’Av accomplished its purpose, which was to elevate me. Even at the height of my agony I never sought near relief from pain; I asked for spiritual renewal and Divine guidance (Targum).”
I accepted each pain of suffering as a forceful invitation to, “seek out my Master.”
This definition of the word “Seek,” is to view all of life’s challenges as invitations to seek God’s lesson encoded in the challenge. The invitation itself is an expression of God, “when He can be found.”
This approach to Elul is that I review each challenge of the past year as an invitation from God, Who is making Himself available to guide us in the process of learning the lessons He wants to convey.
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