I was talking to Laurie L. yesterday, and spoke about how I have been struggling with contentment, and she has also been thinking about contentment. The word, “Dayenu” kept coming up in her mind this past week, and so while we are still in the midst of the Passover season, the Spring feasts, counting the Omer toward the matan Torah, we thought it might be a good week to focus on contentment.
“Dayenu.” What does it mean? It would have been sufficient.
It is so easy to get caught up in focusing on the things we don’t have that we really want. After all, G-d created us to desire things, whether it be material or immaterial. We were created to receive from Him, and we can sometimes think we know exactly what we want, but He is the only One Who truly knows what we need, when we need it. So it becomes a practice of trust to really see His provision over the years and realize that He is a good Father, who never withholds without a cause. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I say I want or need things all the time, but I don’t really want to beg and throw a hissy fit just to get my way. I truly want whatever He desires to give, even if I think at the moment that it’s not what I really want or need.
So this week, we’re going to work on being grateful, being content in our present situation, and having an open hand policy–ready to receive whatever Hashem wants to give us whenever Hashem decides to bless us. May we have eyes to see His blessings that are with us every day and in every season.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
Shalom and a good week,