THE GOD WHO HIDES

The grandson of Rabbi Baruch, Yehiel, burst into tears in his room.

“Yehiel, Yehiel, why these tears? Why are you crying?”

“My friend cheated, it’s not just grandpa, it’s not fair for a friend to cheat!”

“But what did your friend do?”

“We were playing hide-and-seek. I hid so well that he could not find me; so he stopped playing, he did not look for me anymore. Do you understand, grandpa? I hid and he did not look for me. It’s not fair!”

Rabbi Baroukh, upset, began to caress the boy’s head, and tears flowed from his eyes:

“God, too, Yehiel,”he murmured, “God is sad too. God hides, and human beings do not seek Him. Do you understand, little Yehiel? God hides and humans do not even bother to look for Him. “

Source: Translated from Elie Wiesel
Contre la mélancolie
,  Célébration hassidique
(Paris : Seuil, 2014)

CONSIDER THIS

Guaranteed ways to miss the hidden God

  1. Live your life at high speed. No exceptions. Run hard.
  2. Stay scattered and distracted. The more clutter and activity, the better.
  3. Take everything personally. Never evaluate. Agree.
  4. Use blame liberally. It’s so invigorating. I wasn’t responsible, you were. Everything’s your fault.
  5. Don’t laugh, especially at yourself.
  6. Stay tied to your past. Elevate it to greatness. Live remembering and longing. Or missing. Why do it halfway? Go for it.
  7. Use the word ‘because.’ ‘I can’t change, because.’ Because is so little appreciated as a solvent for responsibility. Try using because. This will work.
  8. Never question or think for yourself. Just keep moving and accepting. (Refer to #1 and #3.)
  9. Continue to think of God as invisible and distant. Surely not present in this room. At this moment. Not while I’m reading a book.
  10. Reinforce the belief that your life is going to happen soon. This is not it, not yet. But one day. Maybe when I finish reading.

Paula D’Arcy, Sacred Threshold: Crossing the Inner Barrier to a Deeper Love

 

Author: philipchircop

An artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

3 thoughts on “THE GOD WHO HIDES”

  1. Love this story and the wisdom of the Rabbi. Everyone needs to hear this. Thank you for sharing.   Bob and Lily Zankoski

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    1. Thanks Bob. Thanks Lily. Indeed there’s lots of wisdom in the stories of the rabbis, and all good stories for that matter. May we all have ears to hear, and the kind of radically vision necessary, to act.

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  2. Philip, I missed you on Facebook; however, I didn’t realize how much until Ibstarted following you here.
    I thank you! This one is so very applicable to me, if Im honest.

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