The Game Called Life
Question: I find myself able to hold strong with the routine challenges, like I know when I go here there's going to be that etc I'm prepared, but I almost have no defense when the challenge arises in a completely unexpected time or place. It's almost like my yetzer hara says, "you can't be responsible for this". Do you relate to what I'm saying?
Good question. Imagine someone came to you with an amazing new virtual reality computer game called "Treasure Seeker" with powerful 3D graphics and immersive sound, and he challenged you to master the game and promised you $10,000 if you find the treasure at the end of the game.
You put on the goggles and begin, it feels so real... You start out across the virtual forest in search of clues, and you see an enemy city on the horizon and know that there will be great challenges when you get there. So as you progress, you start building up your strength and arsenal to be ready for the great challenges to come. Suddenly there's a rustle beside you and a snake jumps out of the thicket. Your mind races and you reach for your sword... But then you say to yourself, "Wait a minute, this isn't fair. It's one thing to prepare for the challenges that I know are coming up ahead, but I wasn't expecting this snake to attack! I'm not responsible for this!"
The screen goes red, and you find yourself back at the start with one life less :-(
I don't think I need to explain the nimshal in the game called life. And the reward is much greater than $10,000 :-)