Why didn’t the Jews take the straight path from Egypt to Israel?
In this week’s Torah portion (Beshalach) God takes the Jews out of Egypt in a roundabout way. This was to avoid an immediate war which may have led the Jews to regret leaving Egypt.
Sometimes, the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line
This is a valuable lesson for all of us. We often encounter situations that seem too daunting for us to handle. This leads us to procrastinate or give up altogether. Other times, we jump into a situation too fast without contemplating the possible obstacles we may face and end up causing more trouble than good.
Break your responsibilities into smaller, more manageable tasks. This will allow you to build up confidence with each step and more easily handle the harder portions while completing the entire project stress-free. Before beginning, it is worthwhile to imagine what could go wrong. This way you could brainstorm and troubleshoot with less pressure than if the obstacle occurred in the heat of the moment.