by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
Hashgocha Protis = Divine Providence
We were sitting by the Kotel waiting for Mincha (afternoon prayers), late Friday afternoon. One of the regulars in the minyan (quorum) took his place next to me. His face was really red from working outside.
“You better get a better hat for the sun,” I told him. “Your face is all red.”
“I can’t. They don’t make one like I need. I have to have a soft, all-cotton hat with a wide brim, and they just don’t have them like that.”
“That’s not true.” I argued. “I’ve seen them.”
“No, not around here you haven’t. They all have some plastic in the lining or somewhere, and I am just too sensitive to it. I can’t wear them,” he insisted.
Just as he was finishing his words, another regular walked up to the minyan wearing the exact hat that I was referring to!
“Look at that! That’s the exact hat I was talking about,” I said, smiling widely as I spoke.
“The brim’s too small,” he objected.
The fellow with the hat realized what we were talking about. “They make one with a larger brim, too,” he said.
The man who needed the hat argued, “But it’s not all cotton.”
“Yeah, it is. It’s 100% cotton, and you can get them online from America,” the fellow with the hat said.
“Online! That means that I would have to pay $30 just for the shipping.”
The man sitting right in front of us turned around and said, “I’m going to America next week. I can pick one up for you.”
Laughing out loud, I blurted. “Look at that. You barely got the words out of your mouth when just what you needed walked right up to you!”
This is called Hashgocha Protis (Divine Providence). Hashgocha Protis is not G-d intervening and doing something for you, as most people think. G-d does that all the time. Hashgocha Protis is when you see that G-d is stepping in and doing something for you.
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