Hold On! Where Are You?
Meshivat Nefesh #26
It’s only possible to feel distant from God because it is part of the Divine plan for there to be concealment of His Presence in our world.
In my own life, there are places and moments of revelation—where God’s Presence is obvious to me—and situations of concealment, where it isn’t.
Rebbe Nachman taught that when we are in the state of concealment, we need to learn a new habit of mind and prayer—we need to learn to ask, “Where are You?”
The question, “Where is the place of His glory?” is answered in our scripture by the affirmation, “His glory fills all of the universe.” There is no place devoid of God…but there are many places where His Presence is hidden. When I feel far from my Creator, but I am aware enough to ask, “Where is the place of His glory?” or, more directly, “Where are You, God?” I am affirming that even though I don’t see Him, I know that He’s there. Otherwise, to whom am I calling out the question?
Rebbe Nachman taught that asking Ayeh?—Where?—is the first step up and out of the state of concealment.
“Where is the place of His glory?”
Truly, You are a hidden God,
but no matter how hard it is for me to see You
I know that You’re there.
Please help me to remember to keep asking
during those moments of concealment,
“Where are You?”
(Based on Likutey Moharan II:12)