Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 25

Day 25: Netzach within NetzachEndurance within Endurance
We have hit the half-way point today, everyone! There are just 25 days left until Shavuot and I am reminded today of Nachshon. According to midrash, Nachshon was the hero of the Sea of Reeds. When the Israelites were fleeing Egypt and reached the Sea of Reeds, they feared that they were trapped. Moses prayed to God for help while the Israelites refused to move forward into the water. Nachshon (who by some accounts was afraid to swim) strode forward into the water and only when the water had reached his head without him turning back did God split the sea.

Netzach within netzach and the story of Nachshon remind us that endurance can breed endurance and that if we have faith in our own power and in God, we can reach new shores. At the halfway point of the Omer today, it is good to look at how far we have come while charging headlong toward our goal.