לע"נ ר' משה בן רחל ז"ל
Every morning we thank Hashem who is רוקע הארץ על המים - instead of us all drowning in the water [which originally filled the world], we can walk on terra firma - solid ground.
Maybe another explanation: The Ramchal explains the secret of the wells that Avraham dug:
יסוד הבארות שחפרו בימי אברהם הוא לפי שאברהם הוא מצד החסד ועל ידו היה ראוי להתפשט החסד בעולם וכדי להראות זה הענין חפרו בארות המים שהמים הוא מצד החסד להראות התפשטות החסד שהיה ראוי להתפשט על ידו בעולם.
Water symbolizes chesed and Avraham dug wells to demonstrate that his middah of chesed is going to spread to the world.
So perhaps we are thanking Hashem for establishing the ארץ - all of our earthly activities, on water i.e. chesed. Everybody benefits from everybody else. We benefit from the cleaning people, the lady working at the checkout line in the supermarket, the cab driver, the clothing manufacturer, the real estate developer, the doctor, the accountant etc. etc.
The entire world is built upon the principal of reciprocity. It is not just a world of chesed but a world of גמילות" חסד" - I do for you and you do for me. That is the greatest type of chesed because nobody feels embarrassed being merely a taker. We all take but we all give back.
The Rav ztz"l in his עולת ראי"ה went deeeeeeeep [a five hundred foot grand slam outta the park!!]
Every project requires a balance of two elements: Expansion, growth and development on one hand, together with stability and firmness on the other hand.
So we are thanking Hashem for the element of expansion as symbolized by the water, that works in concert with stability as symbolized by the earth.
That is a great lesson for our relationships, learning, personal growth etc. etc. We must constantly be in flux, growing and expanding. But at the same time we must be consistent, firm and stable, never losing our equilibrium.
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