Perek Shira: Lightening Bolts and a Double Scoop of Vanilla Fudge
When I was younger there were many foods I didn't like, to say the least. To mention a few of my (least) favorites there was spinach, avocado, and cauliflower. I loved junk food however. A few years ago I went on a "real" diet to start eating healthy, not to lose weight. Out went all the processed garbage and suddenly avocado started tasting interesting. Spinach was delightful and cauliflower was delicious (only Bodek of course). My tongue finally regained its senses and started appreciating the wonderful foods and flavors Hashem put on His menu.
The gemara says that powerful and fearful bolts of lightening was made to straigthen out the crookedness in a person's heart. Rain goes unappreciated until we see the power of the lightening and take note of Hashem's gift of rain. The lightening shocks us back into reality, it cleanses our system. Only then can we appreciate the rain which symbolizes life and understand how wonderful it is.
Sometimes Hashem sends awesome and frightful twists into our personal lives. Think about who contrived these and shock yourself back to the reality of this world, it's purpose, and our mission in it. Suddenly the things in your life you thought were bitter herbs will start tasting sweet and the things in life that we aspired to obtain, which we thought were sweet as sugar, will suddenly reveal its true color; poison that is killing our spiritual system.
The lightening says "Brakim Lamatar Asa"; Lightening is made (to appreciate) the rain!