Sunday, February 10, 2008

Do Your Part, and Hashem Does the Rest!

Once, when the Chofetz Chayim zt”l was already infirm, he needed to travel to another town so his students were forced to carry him as they transferred from one train to the other. “How will we manage to carry his seat all the way to the stop in time to pick up the connecting train?” they worried.

Much to their surprise, they spotted their connection right across the tracks just as they pulled into the station! It had apparently gone astray, and wound up right where they needed it, just at the right time. The exit of their train was exactly opposite the entrance to their connection, and it was a simple matter of a few seconds’ walk to transfer the Chofetz Chayim to the car.

The conductor called out to them, “I’ve been driving this train for thirty years, and I’ve never made a mistake like this before!” When one of the students pointed out the “miracle” to his Rebbe, the Chofetz Chayim reacted unexpectedly. “Why are you so surprised? Don’t you know that when a person has pure intentions, Hashem helps him straight away?!”

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