I have mentioned many times that prayer works. I have personally had many miracles in my life by just turning to Hashem and relying on Him to get me through a rough situation. Within the past few days there was a very subtle miracle that occurred that went completely unnoticed. I mentioned last week that Hurricane Matthew had a strange path. It was going up towards Florida and plotted to continue to the Carolinas. Then it was on a path to turn around and go back towards Florida. The FOX network prediction even showed it increasing in strength to about 140 mph.
As it arrived at its northern most point, it changed direction and went out into the Atlantic. What caused such a change to the original path? My guess is: Prayer!!! I have seen other situations in the past that an event was due to happen that could have been devastating, and at the last minute Hashem changed the path. He knew all along the way it would happen, but we needed to be aware that by simply turning to Him, we could be out of imminent danger.
Prayer works and there is no negative decree that has to happen. All it requires is people turning to Hashem. Hashem wants us to rely on Him, and He tests us by putting us in a dire situation just to get us to turn to Him for help.
Tomorrow, a day of turning to Hashem is such a beautiful opportunity to, with full faith and trust, acknowledge that devastation is coming to planet Earth, and that the only way to survive and thrive is turning to Hashem. Is there any doubt that all this should be happening so close to Yom Kippur? Is it not obvious that Hashem is giving us a wonderful gift of a day of atonement for our sins just before we need Him the most? Could the message be any stronger that Hashem is the only source of protection from the upcoming craziness?
Let us pray as we never have, with tears in our eyes. Let us turn to Hashem as we never have with complete confidence in Him. Let us take this gift from Hashem and solve this final testing that will give us the best Tikun possible and an eternal life beyond comprehension.
Have an easy fast, and a very successful day of turning to Hashem.