“Suppose that the ticket agent at the airport informs us that our flight has been overbooked, and that we must wait until the next flight. We ask ‘ Why me – can’t you bump one of the other three hundred people on the list?’ The ticket agent doesn’t budge; he doesn’t bother listening to what we have to say. We react with anger; our heart beats faster, we clench our fists and feel the blood rushing to our cheeks. Stressed and bewildered, we don’t know whether to call our lawyer, bang on the counter, or create a scene.
Hold on a second! Suppose the flight took off – without us – and developed engine trouble, crashing in to the sea with no survivors. Would we still be angry that we missed the flight? Of course not! With hindsight, we’d understand that Hashem did something that seemed harsh at the time, for our ultimate good – to save our life!
Emuna turns hindsight, as in the above example, into foresighted knowledge that Hashem is leading each of us on the very best path. With emuna, we roll with life’s punches, knowing that difficulties – even failure – are loving expressions of Divine Providence to help us attain the perfection of our individual souls.” – The Garden of Emuna