The Baal HaTanya said: "Now you'll be able to understand this verse. Hashem created each person with a purpose. Every person has a mission to fulfill, and as the years go by Hashem calls to him and asks: 'Ayeka -- where are you? What have you accomplished? What have you done to fulfill your mission?'" The Tzaddik continued: "You are so many years old, with so many months and so many days. G-d is asking you, 'Ayeka -- where are you?’ What have you done with your life?"
The minister was very moved by Rebbe Shneur Zalman זצ"ל’s explanation, and even more so when he heard the Tzaddik tell him his exact age to the day. The penetrating question of ‘Ayeka - where are you?’ shook him to the core. He promised the Tzaddik to do everything possible to free him from prison.
Says the Nikolsburger Rebbe שׁליט"א: The same applies to all of us. When Hashem created the world, He had an exact plan for each creation. Everything He created serves a special purpose. We must ask ourselves: What purpose do I fulfill? When Hashem created the world, He made a special spot for me, so what am I doing about it? A person who thinks this way will utilize his time in this world and try his utmost to accomplish his life's mission. Each year that goes by serves as a reminder to listen to Hashem's call. "Another year went by," we tell ourselves, "But Ayeka -- where am I? What have I accomplished?"
And now the Rebbe שׁליט"א brings this all to the verse: The first letters of the Hebrew words for ‘הדברים אשׁר דבּר משׁה אל כּל ישׂראל’ -- ‘The words that Moshe spoke to all of Israel’ (if you mix them up) spell two words; אדם (Adam), and איכּה (Ayeka): Moshe Rabbeinu is telling us that Hashem is calling every single person individually -- every Adam -- asking the searing question: "Ayeka -- where are you?!" The word איכּה (Ayeka) has the numerical value of the word לוֹ -- to him. This question is being asked of every single person individually. Hashem is speaking to him directly!
The word איכּה has the same spelling as the word איכה (Eicha), concludes the Nikolsburger Rebbe, the sorrowful question with which the Tisha B'Av Lamentations begin. If only we would have paid more attention to the question of Ayeka and thought more about our purpose in life, we wouldn't have to mourn this Tisha B'Av by sitting on the floor and saying Eicha!