I’d never heard of ‘chemtrails’ before, so I went to look them up. Apparently, it’s an idea that ‘someone’ (whoever this ‘someone’ actually is….) is trying to poison people / drive them insane / affect weather patterns in a sinister way etc etc by cunningly attaching chemicals (especially lithium...) to airplanes that are then released into the atmosphere and form weird-looking ‘chem trails’.
Now, I know that there are a huge bunch of lies being told by the media, politicians, governments, doctors, and who knows how else about a whole bunch of things. It could be that ‘chemtrails’ really do exist, and really are as scary and malicious as they are being reported as being (although why anyone would be dumb enough to secretly ‘chemtrail’ in an otherwise cloudless-sky when the ‘chemtrails’ would stand out a mile is frankly beyond me.)
But here’s the point that keeps being lost by all the millions of conspiracy theorists working overtime on the web to try and figure out which evil people are trying to destroy the world, and which cunning ways they’re trying to use:
GOD IS IN CHARGE.
Even if the chemtrail conspiracy turns out to be true (and from what I’ve read so far, that does seem to be quite a big ‘if’), it doesn’t change the fact that God is pulling all the strings, God is behind it all, and God is simply using ‘chemtrails’ to send each and every one of us our personal message about what we need to be working on and fixing.
And this is where conspiracy theories and belief in God’s omnipotence really clash, because the conspiracy theorists put so much time and effort into trying to figure out who is behind all this weird stuff happening in the world, instead of trying to figure out the messages God is trying to send us.
Here’s a small case in point: last week over on spiritual selfhelp, I tried to put up a post about all the different ways people can get traumatized to the point of developing Complex PTSD. Dear reader, every time I uploaded that particular post, my site crashed and went black. I emailed my website support, they couldn’t find any problem. I tried to upload that post again - again it crashed.
I emailed back the website support, and again - ‘no problem with the functionality of your site’. I tried to upload a short test post to see if the site was working - it went up no problem. Great! I tried to upload that same post - the site crashed again.
At this point, I paused to reflect and to ask God what was going on, and I got the message back that God wanted me to stop focusing on the problems, and to start focusing on the solutions, instead. Hmmm.
I put up a different, more positive post - it went up with absolutely no problems, because I’d finally got the message.
Now, if I was running my life according to the ‘conspiracy theory’ model instead of the ‘God is running the world’ model, I’d have spent the next three weeks trying to work out which shadowy group of people were out to get me by hacking my site, and growing increasingly paranoid and fearful about what was going on.
- It’s the Shabak!
- It’s Planned Parenting!
- It’s the National Alliance on Mental Illness!
- It’s the Women of the Wall!
Dear reader, this a sure-fire recipe for mental illness.
As we get closer and closer to Moshiach and geula, the weird, hard-to-explain phenomenon in our lives, and in the world, and in the sky are probably only going to get more and more pronounced. That’s happening because the ‘garments’ concealing God’s Malchut, or rulership of the world are going to increasingly fall away as we approach the time of Moshiach and the world of truth.
The key to weathering this transition stage without going bonkers or becoming an uber-paranoid crazy person is to have emuna, and most specifically, to believe that God is running the world, and is behind every single thing that happens, whether large or small.
That includes weird cloud formations, triple rainbows, crashing websites, ‘off’ comments from your children and other relatives, problems with parnassa, issues with health, and anything else you can think of.
The only real cause behind everything is God.
And once we really take this to heart, we’ll stop wasting so much precious time and energy trying to work out who all the ‘bad guys’ are who are trying to poison us / drive us mad /take over the world, and much more time trying to decode the messages that God is hiding in all these things, about what He wants us to work on, improve, change and fix.