In the Haggadah, we read that G‑d took us out of Egypt Himself rather than have His angels do it.

Why? If the objective was simply to free us from Egyptian bondage, wouldn’t we be just as free had He sent angels to free us? There is obviously something deeper happening here.

G‑d freed us for a reason: to be His partners in creation, to finish what He started and to fulfill His ultimate goal that we develop this world into a place where His presence can dwell openly.

God is ever-present. However, nature hides His presence. How then, is it possible for us, mere creations, to change nature?

Therefore, G‑d Himself redeemed us. For us to affect creation, we had to be raised above creation. Even angels can’t reach that high.

The Haggadah notes this point because the central theme of the Passover seder is not only the Exodus from Egypt, but also the ultimate redemption, the coming of Moshiach, when G‑d’s presence will be revealed. Through our efforts, we hasten his coming. What gives us this ability? The fact that G‑d raised us above creation.

How does one feel free when life is so difficult? It seems that we are affected by our circumstances, not the other way around.

Freedom does not mean that life is free of challenges. Rather, we need to recognize that G‑d Himself put us into our situation, and that it is not a challenge at all. It is an opportunity that He is giving us to change creation.

You might ask me: “How could someone like you feel free when you are not able to move most of your body? How do you remain positive and happy in your predicament?”

That’s because I choose to see it that way. And you can, too!