Last week, I flew to Umhlanga, a beautiful resort town on the east coast of South Africa, to give a shiur.
I was booked to fly on Kulula.com, the local no-frills el-cheapo airline (after all, do I really need a half-warmed, double-wrapped inedible kosher lunch on a 50 minute flight?).
As it happens, Kulula is owned by Comair, a British Airways partner. Occasionally, they simply put their Kulula passengers onto BA flights- which is what happened to me. In fact, not only did I get onto a BA flight, but landed in row 7!
Row 7 means I had a business class seat!
Ok, I was behind the impermeable business class curtain and I didn't get the free newspaper or peanuts. But I did have extra leg room and a tad wider armrest. My ticket was for a buy-your-own-drinks, cattle-class flight, and here I was traveling in "style" (considering that people pay big bucks for 50 minutes of extra leg room...)
You see? Sometimes in life, you get more than what you pay for.
Of course, the Talmud knew this all along. That's why it teaches "Yoga'ato Umotzoso", try and you will find.
Everyone else will tell you that, if you try, you will succeed. Only G-d tells you that you will find.
If you chance upon a wad of cash on the side of the road, it's not because you tried to find it. It's a windfall; beyond your expectations.
G-d promises that whenever you try and grow spiritually or draw close to Him, the result will be so far beyond your expectations, that you'll feel as though we found the unexpected.
You just have to try.
(Next time I fly to New York, I think I'll try this free business class upgrade thing again...)