Understanding Lech Lecha
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Excerpt from Trust Me! by Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff:
Imagine that one day you get a direct, unequivocal command from Hashem: "Go!"
Since He is the Creator of the universe, you really don't have much choice, so you obligingly reply, "Ok, but where to?" The Almighty answers, "Just go. When you reach your destination, you'll know." It's very unsettling to go without knowing where you're headed for - but once again, it's not really in your hands.
So you pack your suitcase and bid your family farewell. "Where are you going" they ask you. "I have no idea, but I'll know when I get there." If this feels strange to you - who received a direct command from Hashem - you know how insane you must appear to others!
Yet still you go. You take a taxi to the airport and go to the first desk you see. "I'd like to buy a ticket for the next plane out please." "Yes, where would you like to go?" "I don't know. Just get me a ticket on the next flight." "Oh, I see," answers the agent, giving you a strange look. She peruses the schedule and put you on the next flight going out, going to... Well, what's the difference as long as you go. That's what you were told to do, right?
Finally you arrive at your destination, and collect your baggage. You walk out of the terminal and begin to consider your next step. Suddenly a car pulls up, and a bearded man with a yarmulke perched on his head peers out at you from the window. "Hey, Reb Yid! What are you doing here? Where are you going? "Well to tell you the truth, I don't know. I'm just going. "What are you talking about? You have nowhere to go? Get in the car, you'll come home with me."
Does this sound like a nice story line? Well, that's "lech lecha". To go, and not know where you're going. But in reality, the Almighty is always with you, guiding your every step, even though you may not always be aware of this.