by Leah Larson
Last week I had a very early-morning flight to catch. I knew I'd have to wake up at 6:00 AM to be out the door in time. At 6:20 I was woken up by my cell phone ringing -- my father called to tell me that my flight was cancelled, but he'd gotten me on a later flight. Although I was upset that my flight was cancelled, I realized that if everything had gone as planned I would have kept on sleeping and missed my flight -- I had forgotten to set my alarm clock!
All the time things in our lives happen that seem negative. Sometimes we're lucky, like in my case, to realize right away how they're really good. Sometimes we find out many months later how it really lead to something good, and sometimes we don't even see it at all.
Parshat Metzorah talks about how someone who has the spiritual disease of Tzaarat can be purified. In some cases of Tzaarat, the Tzaarat spread to the house as well, and the walls of the house had to be taken down. Tzaarat seems like something very negative, but something positive even came out of this. During the years that the Jewish people were traveling in the desert, the nations living in Canaan hid their gold in the walls of their houses, because they feared the Jews would take it just like they took the gold from Egypt. When Bnei Yisroel conquered and settled in Canaan (Eretz Yisroel), they didn't know about this gold. When someone with Tzaarat had to knock down the walls of his house, he saw the great treasure hidden there.
This is a great lesson for us. Sometimes though going through something hard or unfortunate we really gain many treasures.
When Moshiach comes, we will also see how everything negative about this Galus, was really just for the sake of the good that will come out of it -- a perfect world. May we merit to see this right now!