There is always an opportunity to perform a mitzvah – you just have to be open to it and seize the moment.
This afternoon I was driving my boys back from spending time over Pesach with their Abba. We met at Lake George, and left for the 3 hour return trip – a six hour trip in total.
TMI – When the boys are at school they don’t go to the bathroom. They will hold it in for hours until they come home, and then pee for 5 minutes straight. The bathrooms at school are apparently gross and disgusterating therefore these unhealthy measures are apparently necessary. On long car trips they seem to be unable to hold it in for longer than 60 minutes at a time. But I digress.
We stopped off in the New Baltimore rest stop to use the facilities, get coffee, and were heartened to see plenty of Jewish people there. This was supposed to be a quick pit stop. As the boys were leaving they were approached by an MoT and asked if they had davened mincha or not. The man was an aveil (a mourner) and needed to daven mincha with a minyan and wasn’t sure he would be able to find one upon reaching his destination.
My boys quickly came to ask me – worried that if they agreed to join that it would delay us. I told them they should of course help out – hey, three barmitzvah boys goes a long way to make up the ten needed for a minyan. Soon enough they had gathered ten men and stood outside the service station davening mincha as the cars whizzed by on the highway and as other people went in and out of the rest stop.
We were delayed only ten minutes, and I told the boys that they did a huge mitzvah and should be proud of themselves.
This was a teachable moment – and I believe we all learned a lesson.