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For the Best

March 20, 2014

Shalom,

My house is always filled with music. It brings me happiness and creates a joyful and fun atmosphere. Yet I am very careful about the music I bring into my house – instead of blasting modern pop music, I try to ensure that the music played in my home projects the godly values of faith, family, and good deeds.

There are few things I enjoy more than watching my children twirl and sing along to songs based on their faith. I was so proud and excited when my 7-year-old daughter came home from school one day recently humming a new song that she learned based on an ancient Jewish teaching.

“If you believe things can be broken, believe they can be fixed,” she casually sang as I listened with full ears. She repeated that verse over and over and then ended the song with the next line of the teaching. “The Bible teaches us that God wants good for us, so even if good things don’t go your way, remember that it is all for the best.”

As I looked at my precious child singing these ancient biblical teachings today in modern Israel, my soul became alive with joy and thanksgiving. “Thank you Lord, for bringing me to this moment,” I silently called out in my heart. As my husband came over and asked me what I was thinking about, I was so filled with emotion that the only words I could get out of my mouth were, “God is good.”

Since this special experience took place, I have seen the words that my daughter sang come alive. I believe that it is important for me to not only study biblical teachings, but to make them relevant in my life. The teaching that my daughter shed light on has not only been repeating in my head from the moment I wake up until the time I go to sleep, but it has been giving me a godly perspective on every event in between.

During the past few days, as I have kept this teaching in mind, I have felt no despair. One morning I woke up tired and did not speak nicely to my children, yet instead of letting it get me down the rest of the day, I approached them and apologized. “If you believe things can be broken, believe you can fix them,” are the words that I repeated to myself, and indeed they were completely true.

When I visited a Holocaust survivor who was hungry and in need of medicine, I consciously recognized that although the world has broken her, we have the ability to fix her current situation. “The Fellowship will bring you food and make sure you are cared for,” I told her with a hug, and in that moment, I saw that her heart was starting to be put back together.

Yet I have also kept in mind that not everything can be rectified or fixed, so when my favorite mug fell and broke, when I missed the bus, and when I misplaced an important document, I looked up to the heavens and with faith in my heart repeated the second line of the teaching. “This too is for the best,” I said out loud, and at that moment I felt God drawing close to me and smiling down on me for trusting so wholeheartedly in Him.

With blessings from the Holy Land,

Yael

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