She’d been caring for children in her home for years and fully expected to continue in this happy way.
After the little boy finished the year of preschool in her home, the little boy needed to attend a nearby school. His parents prayed that he would manage the transition and get a good teacher.
When he walked through the door of his new classroom holding tight to his mother’s hand, whom did he see?
The same woman who’d cared for him all the year before!
The boy’s mother was also thrilled and relieved to realize that her son would be in such loving and competent hands for his first year of school.
Furthermore, because the teacher knows him so well, the little boy won’t need to go through any transition of the teacher needing to learn his personality and his quirks—she already knows all about him and how to deal with him in a warm and loving manner.
I heard about it this morning straight from the boy’s mother.
Needless to say, this is an ideal situation for any child. Interestingly, the boy’s parents had no idea that this woman would be teaching at their son’s Talmud Torah this year. She herself was only offered the job a month earlier.
The moral of the story is the importance of praying for your children.
Regardless of how much money and power or how many connections and ideas parents may have, there is no way to set up a situation exactly like this.
Only Hashem can do it.
As much as the boy’s parents prayed for him, they never imagined things would work out like this.
I’ve had this too, in which I really davened for something even as I thought it wasn’t really feasible, then Hashem designed it to happen in way that checked all my little boxes. And He did so in ways that, with all my obsessive brainstorming, I’d never considered.
This is because Hashem is All-Powerful and All-Knowing.
Sure, He might say no. He does that sometimes and He can do so with a lot of oomph, may He have mercy.
But He might also say yes. And when He does say yes, He can do so in a way that is wonderful beyond anything you imagined.
Oops, school has already started, but it really is never too late. Here is a short tefillah especially for your child's teachers and others involved with your child:
A Short Yet Powerful Tefillah for Our Children