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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Counting the Trees


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From Rabbi David

When I was growing up (a million years ago) we had a station wagon in which the third row of seats was reversed to look out the back window. I use to love sitting back there. I could count the trees and try and to get the trucks behind us to honk their horns by motioning up and down with my arm.

Often, I didn't know where we were going. We would just load into the car and go. Now that I think back on it - I never once worried about that. I just trusted my dad to get us where we needed to go. I didn't worry about if we were going to get gas, hit a pothole or even get a flat. I was much too busy counting the trees and getting strange looks from the truck drivers as they passed by.

When God first appears to Avram (later, Avraham) - Avram is much like me sitting in the back seat of the car. He doesn't know where he is going and doesn't have a sense of what challenges he might face along the way but that doesn't bother him. He trusts God to get him where he needs to go. Maybe there's a lesson in there for all of us. Every once in a while it's okay to let go and let God...Give yourself the gift of trusting that God is driving the car and you can just look out the back window and count the trees.

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