We are all familiar with the saying of Chazal that everything in the world was created to help Yidden serve Hashem better. Not only should the world pose no distractions, it should prove only to assist us in making the world a better place. The question arises when a Yid is in a situation where there is a need for something to help serve Hashem and the the object doesn’t seem to be there. (We refer here to when it is a real need and not just a want). From the following story we will see that there are times when Hashem provides and it is readily visible, and at times we need to practice our bitachon in Hashem to reveal it from its concealment. The1 Ba’al Shem Tov once traveled with one of his prize talmidim, and on the way the Talmid became extremely thirsty, and he expressed this to the Ba’al Shem Tov. The Ba’al Shem Tov said that if he will truly trust in Hashem that He will provide water for him even on the road, then he will receive water. That’s what happened. He strengthened his bitachon in Hashem, and suddenly they saw a gentile coming towards them. The goy asked the pair of tzadikim if they had seen his horses, for it was already three days since he had lost them, and he was searching for them still. They asked the goy if he had water with him, to which he responded affirmatively. He gave some water to the companion of the Ba’al Shem Tov to drink. The talmid later asked the Ba’al Shem Tov, “This particular goy seems to have been traveling just for my sake, to quench my thirst, so then why was he traveling for three days?” The Ba’al Shem Tov responded, “Hashem prepared the goy in advance, so that if you truly trust in Hashem’s ability to provide water for you, then he will be at your service.” One of the great messages here is that, what the Talmid needed was there for him, he just needed to practice his unwavering faith in Hashem to reveal it. The lesson for us is that things that we really need are available for us, we just need to believe that Hashem will provide for us and it will appear in whichever way Hashem chooses.

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