bogger’s ride –
December 16, 2019
by Tzvi Schnee
Upon approaching Chicago, on the second day of my journey, my thoughts turned towards an interesting premise: comfort in the midst of uncertainty. This so called premise of mine has already existed within the framework of Kitvei Kodesh (Holy Scripture). Unfortunately, for some of us, in this day and age, anxiety has the impetus to rule our lives. How much moreso, for this reason, should we remind ourselves of the principle, stemming from G-d’s comfort. As is written, “In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them” (Isaiah 63:9, JPS 1917 Tanach).
Several hours after arriving in Chicago, I found mysef being tested, as a result of my own negligence. I have travelled this route many times, enough times for me to know the routine. Because of the time changes, travelling across country, I usually set my watch as well as the time on my two Kindles ahead, before arriving in Chicago. Somehow, I forgot to do so this time. While sitting in the Great Hall, I was watching the time on my Kindle. At 5:45 p.m., my intuition told me to check the time on the kiosk near where the line would form. I walked over there, and immediately noticed that the time was actually 6:48 p.m. (My train leaves at 6:40 p.m.). Normally, I would have been sitting where I had a clear view of the kiosk, so that I could watch the time, as well as the news briefs. However, the benches were all repositioned on an angle; plus, there were too many people sitting on the benches closest to the kiosk.
At the ticket office, I was barely able to get a seat on one of my two connecting trains to Florida. I could get to Washington; however, the train between Washington and Florida was sold out; yet, I politely insisted, and a so-called transfer seat on the lower level was found to be available. Thank G-d (Baruch H’Shem). Now, I am waiting in a hotel room, wondering how I could have forgotten to move my time pieces ahead one hour. Is there some greater reason that I missed my train? Only time will tell. G-d is sovereign. Everything happens for a reason. Doesn’t it?