When a person sets his mind to do anything great, he will have to pass through many obstacles before he can accomplish his goal and bring his intentions to reality. We can easily intend to do great mitzvos, but it is a long and hard road between our original thoughts and their actual performance.
Reb Noson explains that since our minds are mostly spiritual and our bodies are completely animalistic by nature, it’s not so simple to make the transition from holy idea to physical action. The greater and more intrinsically spiritual our goal is, the greater the opposing force will be, as the evil and physical forces will stand in the way of allowing theses intentions to actualize.
When it comes to our all encompassing spiritual journeys, such as traveling to the tzadik or to Eretz Yisrael, there will be an unlimited amount of trials and obstacles to overcome.
How do we equip ourselves to fulfill our holy desires and not despair in the face of these obstacles?
How Hashem helps us from the other side of our quest
The Gemara says “a person’s evil inclination will overpower him every single day, and if Hashem wouldn’t help him, he wouldn’t succeed ” (Kidusha 30b). This means that every time a person wishes to advance to a new spiritual level that he hasn’t yet attained, his physical existence will naturally resist this growth.
This Divine assistance is not some independent miraculous help, but rather an extended holiness from the goal itself. For example, if you wish to purchase a nice esrog and have limited funds, or esrogim are not available, or any other obstacle, you can’t imagine how your good intention will be fulfilled. However, your good desire and confidence in your ability to perform this mitzva, causes the holiness of the esrog itself to extend towards you and bring you closer to it.
Through your awakening the holiness of the goal you wish to accomplish, that holiness will already accompany you and assist you in overcoming all the obstacles that stand in between. Our mission is to increase our desire, envisioning the already existing holiness of the mitzvah and believe that we can be on the other side of whatever is distancing ourselves from it.
As the Jewish people were traveling towards Eretz Yisrael, an incredible miracle happened to them. The Amorites hid in the mountains caves to ambush and kill them. Without their knowledge, the mountains joined each other and all of our enemies were crushed in the mountains.
The lesson in the parsha
The passuk says: “And the spilling of the streams that turned to settle at Ar and leaned toward the border of Moab” (Bamidbar 21:15). Rashi explains that the mountain closer to the Israeli border moved outward towards Moav to greet us and attached itself to the mountain at Moav.
Reb Noson explains that the Amorites were an obstacle in the way of reaching our goal, Eretz Yisrael. Our desire to reach the holy land caused the holiness of our goal to expand and reach towards us. The awakening and expanding of our holy goal is what assists us in overcoming the obstacles distancing us from them.
Likutey Halachos O.C. Birchas Hareyach 4:18