based on Growth Through Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
The Torah states, “And the earth was desolate and void, and darkness was upon the waters … and the Almighty said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:2,3) What insight into living can we learn from this?
The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, used to say that these verses serve as a tremendous inspiration in times of darkness. At the beginning of creation, the world was in complete darkness. When the entire world is in total darkness, one statement of the Almighty is sufficient to light up the whole world! Although there are times when the world — or even an individual –is encompassed by a spiritual darkness, in one moment the Almighty can send forth His world and there will be a great light! The rescue of the Almighty comes in the blink of an eyelash.