WOW! The entire world has been blindsided. I don't think anyone saw this coming. I wonder if Trump himself thought that he might actually win. And on top of his win, Trump lead by a considerable margin, which is even more shocking. Watching the elections was just as exciting and nerve-wracking as watching the World Series, wasn't it? Even though I didn't actually watch the World Series, and I was asleep for much of the counting, I was still holding my breath in anticipation, along with the rest of the world.
What is the spiritual significance of this surprise outcome? Here is my very non-political analysis.
First, we can learn that it ain't over 'til it's over. I really love that song. Anyhow, this should be a good life lesson for all of us. The outcome of our endeavors is never a sure thing, until it's already happened. This is great news, because many times, when we're sure the outcome of some challenging situation in our lives will be negative, there is always the chance that things will change at the last minute.
Second, we can learn that life is full of surprises. Like who didn't know that. No matter what unexpected things pop up in our lives, we've got to learn to go with the flow. Roll with the punches. Let the waves pass over you. Sorry for all the cliches.
Third, we can learn that Hashem has many tricks up His sleeve. Even though the prophecies predict a certain default Redemption scenario, this doesn't mean that it has to happen that way! No matter what you believe, Hashem really doesn't want us to suffer. He wants the Redemption to come with mercy, not with suffering.
Fourth, Trump's win should be a lesson to us all that we should never sit idly and let life pass us by. He may have some less-than-stellar qualities, but no one can argue with the fact that he's incredibly driven to succeed. Our level of desire to succeed is what makes us shine - more so than any talents or advantages we were given. If we're serious about wanting Mashiach, then we should be pushing ourselves in every way; sharing with others, improving Torah observance, and especially work on character building. These things are what make the difference in how our lives proceed; both on an individual and collective level.
Fifth, we can learn that we need emuna to get through any challenging situation in life. It is said that in the World to Come, we will bless the bad and the good in life as both good, because we will know that everything happens for the best. Because we can't really know that with our limited perceptions, we need emuna to fill the gap; so we can believe with all of our hearts that everything is for the best. Now I know there are many of you out there who are absolutely devastated that Clinton lost. But this is your opportunity to strengthen your emuna and really believe that Hashem knows what He's doing, and that He's doing everything in our best interests. This is true for everything, across the board.
It is my sincere hope that Trump's win will contribute to bringing the Redemption in a merciful way. May the American People enjoy the next four years in health, prosperity, excellent health care with reasonable deductibles, spiritual awareness, lots of good-paying jobs, and blessings and success in everything they do, Amen!