As the saying goes, “HaShem (G_d) works in mysterious ways.” And don’t forget “HaShem provides.” Well, HaShem as provided, and I am thankful for this week’s bounty. Baruch HaShem!(Blessed be His name)
So what is the crazy man talking about? I’ll tell you. The “David Ellsworth” is coming to Baltimore in two weeks and I am hosting him. So as an added bonus, David is going to be spending half a day in my shop with me, but the problem is, I am literally out of turning wood. Or at least I was. A good friend of mine is a landscaper and he sits next to me on Shabbos mornings. Well, we don’t talk business on shabbos, but I have been dying to ask him to let me know if he has cut down any trees lately. I forgot to call him on Monday because I had such a bad cold, and Tuesday, I forgot again. On Wednesday, I am working in my shop and there is a knock on the door. What do ya know, it is my friend who has come over to let me know that his crew just cut down a big cherry tree, and he wanted to know if I wanted the wood. HaShem works in mysterious ways!
And today, I hear multiple chainsaws. So I get on my bike and find a huge crew of latino men cutting down a really large Ash tree. I’m in my turning jacket and I ask in my broken spanish if I can have some the wood. Of course, they all look at me like I was loco, and one of them said “yes” in english. So I tell them that I am going to get my wagon, (the english speakers begin to snicker) so I hop on my bike and ride home as fast as I can like a 10 year boy, and come walking back with my kid’s wagon. They loaded me up with two big pieces that I picked out. The guys were really nice, and they told me that they are going to dump all of it. What a shame. At least I gave them a good laugh for the day. (BTW, we can only afford one car and my wife was grocery shopping and that is why I ride a bike. Yes, I’m pathetic, I know.)
I finished up the bangles, spurtles and magic wands, and I am very thankful to have this work done. Thank HaShem for the helping me get the wood I needed and for the bounty of my lathe. Sometimes to have to say thanks when thanks are due!