The following is a true story about how a horrible incident ended up saving a man’s life more than once.
On August 9th, 2001, an American man, (let’s call him Issac) was waiting in line in a pizza store in Israel. He was in quite a rush and the man in front of him (let’s call him Jacob) turned around and asked if he wanted to go ahead of him in line. Gratefully, Issac went ahead, ordered his pizza and left. About 30 seconds later, he heard an explosion and turned around to see that the pizza store that he was in not even a minute ago, had been bombed. Had Jacob not let him go in front of him, it would have Issac almost killed in that explosion. Issac accompanied this kind stranger who he never met in his life, to the hospital. After staying there for a while, Jacob was still unconscious so before Issac left, he put a note with his number in his hand in case he ever needed anything. He literally owed him his life.
Issac went back to America and weeks later, receives a call. It was Jacob’s son. He told Issac that his father would be coming to America for treatment and they were wondering if Issac would stay with him in the hospital. Obviously, Issac said he would be there. The day of the surgery, Issac took off work to be with Jacob in the hospital. It was a long surgery but Issac stayed in the waiting room the entire time.
A few hours had passed and suddenly, Issac heard people screaming. He looked out the window and what he saw was unbelievable. The Twin Towers had become engulfed in flames and started to crumble. What shook him was that that was where he worked. Had he not been waiting in the hospital for Jacob, he would have probably been killed in 9/11.
There are so many things we can see from this story. At the beginning, you were probably thinking, why was Issac the one who got to be spared. How is that fair? But now that you see the full picture, you see that had Issac been the one in the pizza store, he would have probably gone to work on 9/11, or maybe he would have died before then! Jacob needed to be the one that was seriously hurt, he needed to do that good deed of giving up his place in line, all so that Issac would not be at work on the day the Twin Towers came down. The Divine Providence is so clear. Everything that happened was just another part of the master plan. Even if it seems like something horrible has happened, you never know the true reason behind it, it may even have been to save someone’s life!
This story happened to two Jewish men and someone wrote a beautiful song about it. It is a religious song so you don’t have to watch it, but it brings the story to life and gives it so much more meaning. It’s in english and the singer had people act out the story with real footage from both events.
There is a reason for everything. You might not be able to figure it out, and time might have made us all forget it, but the reason is there all the same. -Maria V. Snyder