Passover for Generations
The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” (Exodus 12:33)
We can only imagine the feeling the Jewish people felt as they were leaving Egypt. After enduring the horrors of Egyptian slavery—the back breaking labor, the murder of the children, the suffering—they were finally going to be free. After the tenth plague, the Egyptians were rushing the Jewish slaves out of Egypt, they didn’t want them to remain another minute.
In their incredible haste, the bread that the Jewish people were preparing for the journey did not have time to rise and hence they had no choice but to take unleavened bread or matzah with them. Each year we re-enact the exodus from Egypt at the Passover Seder in which the matza plays a central role.
But there are two stories. There is the Passover of Egypt and then there is the Passover of the generations. The Passsover of Egypt occurred with great speed and the Passover for the generations takes place at a slow pace, returning each year giving us plenty of time to prepare.
There is a valuable lesson here. Sometimes we become very inspired by the moment, maybe it is an intense event like the birth of a child or perhaps we are healed from an illness or saved from a tragedy. Intense moments tend to bring us to spiritual highs. We feel so close to God. Sheer euphoria!
Yet, the spiritual highs don’t last. We come down off the highs and try at the very least to avoid lows. We have all had days where it is difficult to feel close to God. We struggle.
In the final analysis, the spiritual highs play an important role with one important caveat. They must be transformed in to our day to day lives. The Passover of Egypt was an awesome high—it all happened fast. But there is also the Passover of the generations where we take the high of the original Passover and transform it so that it stays with us forever. It is like a bolt of lightning that lights up the road. When the lightning flashes we can see the road. If we hold on to that image we know exactly where to go.
Spiritual highs are the flash of lightning. They light up the road and allow us to transform our daily journey in to a spiritual one.