Look Up

Did you get a chance to read Terry Hershey's weekly Sabbath Moment yesterday? If not, I highly recommend it. 

A miracle is not defined by an event. A miracle is defined by gratitude. ~ Terry Hershey

The splitting of the Red Sea, according to Jewish tradition, is the greatest miracle ever performed. It is so extraordinary that on that day even a common servant beheld more than all the miracles witnessed by the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel combined. And yet we have one midrash that mentions two Israelites, Reuven and Shimon, who had a different experience.

Apparently the bottom of the sea, though safe to walk on, was not completely dry but a little muddy, like a beach at low tide.

Reuven stepped into it and curled his lip. "What is this muck?"
Shimon scowled, "There's mud all over the place!"
"This is just like the slime pits of Egypt!" replied Reuven.
"What's the difference?" complained Shimon. "Mud here, mud there; it's all the same."

And so it went for the two of them, grumbling all the way across the bottom of the Red Sea. And, because they never once looked up, they never understood why on the distant shore, everyone else was singing and dancing. For Reuven and Shimon the miracle never happened. (Shemot Rabba 24.1)

Click here to read all of Terry's essay. 

Terry's quotes for the week:

"I want to know if joy, curiosity, struggle, and compassion bubble up in a person's life. I'm interested in being fully alive." Alan Jones

"Where there is great love, there are always miracles." Willa Cather

Visit Terry Hershey's website for more good stuff at http://www.terryhershey.com/

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