I have been in the grueling “parsha” of shidduchim for 11 years.
My brother heard about an organization Ohel Sarala, which is a “davening partnership” between people searching for their shidduch and couples struggling with infertility. This program operates under complete anonymity. My brother encouraged me to join, so I gave money towards the infertility treatment for a couple whose identity remained unknown to me. I also began davening for this couple, knowing only their Hebrew names and no other identifying information. They, in turn, received my Hebrew name and began davening that I find my bashert.
After several months of davening, I was informed that the couple is expecting a child, and now my davening should be directed towards davening that their child is healthy.
Many thoughts were going through my mind at that time, ranging from sheer excitement for the couple, to thoughts of feelings sad for myself. “Hey, what about me Hashem?” I thought. “If you can create a child for this couple, surely you can direct my chosson towards me.”
I tried my hardest to be only happy for them. I continued to daven for them with joy, and made brochos parties with my nieces every Shabbos in their merit, continuing to put in all the effort that I had been doing until now.
After eleven years of waiting and doing my hishtadlus, I Baruch Hashem recently got married to a man who made my entire wait worthwhile. We got married last week.
I informed Ohel Sarala about my Mazel tov, and they shared with me that this couple had a baby the same week I got married!
In an interesting twist, they named their baby with mine and my mother’s name combined!
Hodu LaHashem Ki Tov. I thank Hashem for allowing me to see – what I always believed – that He is orchestrating each person’s individual Yeshua, which will come at exactly the time that is Mesugal for that person.
After meeting my chosson, I see that each and every one of my tefillos during those eleven years was necessary and worth it to bring me to this man and this point in my life.
It is my fervent hope that those who are still awaiting their own salvation do not give up their hope while Hashem is preparing it for them.
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