Determined spirits, courageous hearts, tolerance for risk, willingness to walk uncertain paths, strength to sacrifice for a better and more secure future, and trust in God. -- These traits, manifest in early emigrants, ensured that planted in the fertile soils of an infant U.S. were the finest human seedlings ever gathered from around the world upon any land ever inhabited. Though at times nearly broken by the difficulty of their task, nurtured and watered by inalienable rights endowed by their creator and tilled by the divine, they would build the greatest nation to ever exist.
They were emigrants who became immigrants. To emigrate is to make a choice to leave a country with no intent to return. To immigrate is to arrive and enter your new land, to rely on, embrace, pledge, and submit to the mind and heart of a new nation. In the process, you’ll become as her forefathers, sons, daughters and heirs to all she has to offer.
When God’s hand moves there are two purposes - emigration and immigration. Both require the traits and strengths of the earliest Fathers. The path of spiritual emigration and immigration are the same for you as it was for them, it never changes. Through failures and disappointments God will allow your heart to be broken. Through missteps and error, contrition will be woven into your soul. As a child you’ll be nurtured by the creator and tilled by the divine til God determines you have adopted the mind and heart of Christ, a new nation for your soul, an immigrant, an heir to all God has to offer.
Many called, few chosen. Many emigrate, few immigrate.
When the chasidic master the Seer of Lublin was a boy he would go into the forest. One day his father, concerned, asked why he went there. The boy answered, “to find God.” His father smiled and said, “But my child, don’t you know that God is the same everywhere?” “Yes,” said the boy, “God is. But I’m not.”