A Match Made in Heaven

This story happened to my friend who is now happily engaged! I hope it can spread a little light into your day! 🙂

One of my good friends who lives in L.A got set up with this guy from New York. They went out a few times and they realized it wasn’t going to work out. My friend was a little bit upset, as is normal after a break-up. A few weeks later, she realized that one of her best friends would be a good match for this guy. Little did she know that that guy thought of the same thing for her!

She set up this guy and one of her best friends and this guy set her up with one of his best friends. Needless to say, both couples are now happily engaged! Had my friend not went out with the first guy, she would have never met her future husband! God works in mysterious ways. We really never know what He has planned for us but we just have to trust that it’s all for the best! 🙂 pexels-photo-679875.jpeg

Do you believe that there are no coincidences? Everything happens for a reason. Every person we meet has a roll in our life, whether big or small. Some will hurt, betray and make us cry. Some will teach us a lesson, not to change us but to make us be a better person. –Cynthia Rusli 

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It’s the Little Things in Life

The past few posts have been elaborating about why bad/not such great things happen in life. I want to try and open your eyes about the good things in life too :).

In my first blog post, I mentioned that even a leaf falling off a tree has a true purpose so let’s start with that! A leaf is a source of food, shelter and even hydration for many living things. Trees have hundreds of thousands of leaves so why does one little one matter? Well, it could be that some ants were in desperate need of food so the leaf fell just in time to feed them. Or if it didn’t fall, maybe it was because a caterpillar needed a safe place to make a cocoon and it needed that extra leaf for support or shade.

If we take this a step further, we can look at rain or dew on leaves.

Water droplets on leavesThose tiny droplets of water may mean nothing to us, but for some animals or bugs, that could be their only source of hydration. Sometimes, the leaf may have needed to fall so that the droplets of water would be on the ground for another living thing to be able to get to. Sound farfetched? Of course. But the whole concept of Divine Providence may certainly be farfetched at times, it just takes time to really understand it. When we start with the little things, the big, harder things, become a lot easier :).

 

Speaking of the bigger, harder things to comprehend, how many times have you thought about the fact that leaves and trees give us the ability to breathe? We as humans couldn’t survive without them, yet how many times do we think about that? It is a constant reminder that every tiny thing in life is always done for our benefit. The hard part is recognizing it!

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It’s Not Always Easy

You know when you put a lot of effort into something and then the whole thing falls apart? It could have taken hours, days, weeks, months, or even years to create but it can just be gone in seconds. It’s during times like these that test who we really are. How you handle and react to these situations are what really define you as a person.

Let’s say you saved up money for the past few years to be able to buy your dream car. Finally the big day comes and you make your way to the dealership and bring the car home. A few days later, your best friend that you’ve known since you were kids, asks if they can borrow your brand new car. Hesitantly, you agree. A few hours later you get a call from them that they totalled the car. The brand. New. Car. Your heart drops.

Obviously, you’re upset. You saved up money for years for this car and all of a sudden it’s gone. In addition to the money you invested, you’re emotionally invested. This is something that you had an attachment to before you even owned it. Now, most people would be blaming the friend. Whether they were angry or sad, most people would think that the friend should either buy you a new car or figure out a way to pay for it, something. Well let’s say this friend is totally broke. No insurance, and no way to pay for this. The situation just keeps escalating.

In most cases, the friendship would be taking a huge hit. But if you take a few deep breaths and just take a minute to think, the scenario might end up being very different. Think about the car. At the end of the day, yes, it was a huge loss but it was something materialistic. Think about your friend. They’re probably beating themselves up over and over about this. But this friendship is something that could last forever.

This could have been a test in so many ways. It could have been a test to your character, maybe to show you that you have some areas to work on. It could have been a test to your friendship, maybe it needed strengthening or maybe it wasn’t meant to be. If you have even a sliver of faith, things can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Obviously the harder they are to deal with, the more significant in your life they are supposed to be. It’s not always easy, but if you deal with these obstacles properly, then that is how you go far in life. Not by blaming people and being miserable, but by believing in yourself and overcoming the challenges that life throws at you.

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. -Walter Anderson 

How a tragedy saved a life…twice

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

Did you ever wonder why?

Sometimes we may have something happen to us and just sit and wonder why. Why did this good/bad thing happen to me specifically? Why not the person sitting next to me? Well there really is no answer to this because we can’t know everything! But what we do know, is that everything is formulated and part of a greater plan, which is exactly what the concept of Divine Providence is. God doesn’t make any mistakes. A good way to portray this is to think of a needle pointing canvas. From the back, you may just see a mess. Lots of extra pieces of thread, long pieces, short pieces, mixed colours, just a complete mess. But as soon as the person is done completing the picture, you turn it around and see this beautiful work of art. It may be hours, days, weeks, months or even years when/if we get to see the reason something may or may not have happened. But we just need to know that everything that happens is another thread in our lives which are becoming works of art. They just aren’t finished yet. 🙂

 

Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. -Unknown

What is Divine Providence?

Did you ever miss an important meeting? Or get stuck in traffic for what seems like an eternity? You were probably in a horrible mood and possibly wanted to blame everyone for the trauma you just went through. (And yes, in the moment, it’s very traumatic!) You’re definitely not wrong for feeling like that, but did you ever stop to think why this may have happened?

Let’s take a typical scenario. It’s a regular morning and you’re on your way to work/school. You know exactly how long it takes to get to your destination and you know, to the minute, what time you’ll arrive. You leave your house right on schedule, and start your morning. As you’re driving you see cars beginning to stop ahead of you and you send up a silent prayer that your car starts to magically fly. Or maybe if you honk loud enough, everyone will just clear a path for you. All of this to no avail and you end up being half an hour late.

Now, you can look at this situation and say you had really bad luck, or you can look even deeper. Maybe, had there not been traffic, you may have been pulled over by a cop for speeding. Maybe, had you been on time, you would have had to take a horrible phone call, or there wouldn’t have been any parking spots. Maybe, had you been on the same schedule, you would have been in a major car accident.

You might be thinking, “All of that if I hadn’t sat in traffic?” The answer is yes! Even the tiniest things, like a leaf falling off a tree, have a purpose. Divine Providence literally means God’s intervention and continuous upholding of the existence and natural order of the universe.This blog is about elaborating and showing how everything happens for a reason. By no means am I trying to force anyone to believe in God, and if you don’t, that’s ok too! Everything posted will stand as examples that there are no such things as coincidences, but rather planned events. 🙂

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.  – Unknown

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