YISSURIM, A very new word I came across today, in Nechama‘s post.
I shall share by Quoting Nechama:
“When he draws us close, it is too much for us fragile humans. We shatter from being so close. That is the pain of Yissurim.
Our challenges are not an act of torture, they are an act of love. An act of being brought close to Hashem.”
The Rabbis explain this by quoting the Scriptures, which, in Biblical terms, come to:
“The Lord Corrects those He Loves, as a father corrects a son of whom he is proud.” Proverbs 3:12. TEV., and –
“Have You forgotten the Encouraging words which God speaks to You as His sons?
‘My son, pay attention when the Lord corrects You,
And do not be discouraged when He rebukes You.
Because the Lord corrects everyone He Loves,
And punishes everyone He accepts as a Son.’
Endure what You suffer as a being a father’s punishment; Your suffering shows that God is treating You as His sons. Was there ever a son who was not punished by his father? If You are not punished, as all His sons are, it means You are not real sons, but bastards.” Hebrews 12:5-8. TEV.
Of course, and Frankly, the words: “A Father ‘Punishing’ his son” sound Repulsive. But let Us think in terms of the Coach saying: ‘Drop and give me 50.’
The Coach wants You to reach FAR.
The Coach sets Challenges in front of You.
The Coach does not let You ‘be.’ He watches over You like a Hawk.
The Coach Bites Your head off, if necessary! …See How ‘Taken-aback’ this young man is! The Young man can push his Coach down with his little finger. But, he is the ‘Coach.’ If You want to Improve, You LISTEN!
BUT THE COACH WILL DO ALL THAT ONLY IF HE BELIEVES IN YOU!
It is a Sad fact that both the father and the coach might Give up on the Non-Trier. Particularly if he is a ‘Paying’ student, he will be tolerated, even molly-coddled, but, knowing that he is not going to reach the ‘heights,’ neither the coach nor the parent really ‘Drives’ this kind of person.
Now, to get back to Our YISSURIM, two Images!
When the Lord draws us close, it is too much for us fragile humans. We shatter from being so close. That is Yissurim.
ALL images from the Internet.
HAPPY YISSURIM TO YOU!