Thursday, 23 June 2011

naomi's question of the day - #23

"naomi's question of the day" is a new feature of the Nishmablog featuring a question for you to ponder, extend and/or respond to through your comments.


June 23, 2011

We see often that the great ones -- 10 of the meraglim, Nadav and Avihu, Miriam, Korach -- fail and are punished (albeit to different extents and consequences). If they, though, are so mighty and fall -- what are we to expect of ourselves? And how are we to achieve it?


Garnel Ironheart said...

Just stop trying to know what's best for you better than God does.

Rachel said...

I do not think that the question pretends to presume knowledge of life better than God. On the contrary, I think it is a question of intense humility. It is a crying out to God! If men and women of such great stature can fall, we must be even more scrupulous... how? And to what extent can we be, really?

I read it focused on the word "Expect" - how much to expect of oneself ... to shoot too high or too low can be disastrous.

I only echo back the question, and maybe that is what Garnel Ironheart meant? Is it a question shot into the dark? Maybe, but, do not many important questions seem unanswerable at first? Like blind shots in the night sky waiting for an echo to send us walking in some direction instead of fumbling in the dark?