Coincidence is God's way of staying anonymous
I went to a lecture given by a rabbi today. It was a lecture on Purim, but I didn't know exactly what the topic will be. I went for the wrong reason. I was invited by someone who may be a good business contact, and so it seemed like a smart thing to do in terms of networking with this guy...
Somehow, the lecture ended with a discussion of Haschgacha Pratis, the notion that nothing happens in this world randomly, it is all guided by G-d. One of the points made was that if you do something for the wrong reasons (for example go to a Torah lecture to further your business interest), you will not get what you want.
OK. a little coincidental... But then, the rabbi tells a story of the Kotzker Rebbe. One of his Chassidim came to him and said "Rabbi, it says that we are supposed to 'rise like a lion to greet the day' but I have trouble doing it". The Rebbe answered - "Of course, how can you rise like a lion, when you sleep like a horse!". So here's the thing. Last week, for some reason I picked up a copy of 'The Promise' which is a book where the Kotzker Rebbe is mentioned not infrequently because of his life in silence and isolation, which figures prominently in the plot of the book. I don't know what possessed me to pick this book up again after twenty years. The last time I read it, I had no idea about the Kotzker Rabbi or Chassidim, or anything related to this... And this morning, I stumbled across this Blog Profile. I'd never heard the phrase about rising like a lion before this morning!
So, part of me says - it's yet another coincidence! But at some point, it becomes a little insane. Is a Higher Power trying to tell me something?