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Not by Chance

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. — Proverbs 16:33

In the Jerusalem dating scene, it's common among observant men and women to be matched by a professional matchmaker and set up on a blind date. One young man, who in spite of being kind, learned, and charming, had a hard time getting a second date with any of the young women he went out with. The matchmakers attributed this to a large, ugly scar that ran down the young man's cheek as a result of an accident that occurred when he was young. The matchmakers called him less often, and then hardly at all.

One day, the matchmaker called excitedly. She had found a girl willing to meet him. The young man dressed his best for the date, but there was nothing he could do to disguise that nasty scar. When he met his blind date, his heart sank because he instantly liked her and knew that the chances she would feel the same were slim. However, the two hit it off and made an instant connection.

By the end of the evening the young woman felt comfortable enough to ask her date how he had gotten the scar. He told her the story about when he was young, he saw a little girl being chased and threatened by Arab boys looking to hurt a Jewish girl. Although he was just a boy, he challenged the dangerous kids and fought them off, but not before one of them slashed his cheek badly. That's how he had gotten the scar.

When the boy finished his story, the young woman was white as a ghost. She must be horrified, he thought. But instead the woman replied, "I was that little girl. You saved my life."Needless to say, the scar never bothered her after that and the two were happily married a few months later.

One of the underlying messages of the story is how God orchestrates events even though life often seems to the contrary. We love these stories because they remind us of the deep truth that nothing is by accident. What seems like chance is actually a plan. What seems like coincidence is always Divine providence.

Proverbs puts it this way: "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. Even something as seemingly random as a lottery is determined by God.

The rabbis taught, "Everything God does is for the best. If the swaying blade of grass is brought about by Providence and is crucial to the fulfillment of the purpose of Creation, how much more so with regard to mankind."Let's remember that nothing that happens to us today is coincidence and everything is exactly as it should be.

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Founder and President

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