A drop longer that usual, but incredible!

“Suppose that the ticket agent at the airport informs us that our flight has been overbooked, and that we must wait until the next flight.  We ask ‘ Why me – can’t you bump one of the other three hundred people on the list?’  The ticket agent doesn’t budge; he doesn’t bother listening to what we have to say.  We react with anger; our heart beats faster, we clench our fists and feel the blood rushing to our cheeks.  Stressed and bewildered, we don’t know whether to call our lawyer, bang on the counter, or create a scene.

Hold on a second!  Suppose the flight took off – without us – and developed engine trouble, crashing in to the sea with no survivors.  Would we still be angry that we missed the flight? Of course not!  With hindsight, we’d understand that Hashem did something that seemed harsh at the time, for our ultimate good – to save our life!

Emuna turns hindsight, as in the above example, into foresighted knowledge that Hashem is leading each of us on the very best path.  With emuna, we roll with life’s punches, knowing that difficulties – even failure – are loving expressions of Divine Providence to help us attain the perfection of our individual souls.” – The Garden of Emuna

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3 Responses to A drop longer that usual, but incredible!

  1. Jonathan Kahan says:

    Unfortunately, life is not always this simple.

    Midway through the Olympics, the Spitzers were summoned to the Netherlands – their daughter had been hospitalized with an incessant bout of crying. After they arrived, they were told by the doctors that everything was fine and that Andre could rejoin his teammates at the Olympics. Andre missed his train, but his wife drove him at breakneck speed to the station in Eindhoven, where he boarded the train without a ticket.

    He was subsequently murdered in the Munich Olympic massacre.

    Sometimes, we are better off making the train, and sometimes we’re better off missing it. The reality is that we don’t know.

    And if it is all for the best, how do you explain that to Andre Spitzer’s daughter? If it’s all for the best, why don’t we make a bracha thanking God for bad news, instead of making a bracha for accepting His judgement.

    Life is what it is. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Often, we have no control about what happens, our job is to deal with it the best we can.

    • Jeremy says:

      There are many things that happen in life that we don’t understand. When that happens, we just have to have faith that Hashem is doing it for a reason, that he has a master plan and that ultimately, it’s for the best.

      I think the reason you may be having a problem with this concept is that you are focussed entirely on this world and not the next world. As discussed in some earlier posts, we are here for a specific reason; to attain our soul correction. When someone dies like Spitzer in your example, it is very sad and tragic. However, maybe he accomplished everything his soul needed him to accomplish. Furthermore, haven’t you heard of the concept that some people suffer in this world so that they don’t have to in the next world? We are only here for a short time period. The next world is eternity. If we focus on that, it should help comfort us when bad things happen.

  2. Yoni Kahan says:

    Your example, theoretically works for the person that dies. But what about their family? What about other people that are affected by their loss?

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