As most of us were, I was rushing around, getting ready for the holidays and a houseful of guests….I kept the money in my purse…never knowing when it might be the right moment….I kept thinking what everyone said that “you’ll know when it feels right” and “don’t overthink it”….
Of course I had imagined that having the $ at Christmas time that I would come across some parent in need of making their child’s dreams come true….well here’s what happened. I was dashing through our local Kroger, picking up some items for my daugther’s lunch one evening. Standing at the deli counter, I began to talk with one of the deli ladies that has been there for years. During our conversation, she was telling me how she was really worried about a friend of hers that had been very sick with a pneumonia that would not get better despite multiple rounds of antibiotics. I told her how sorry I was and to let me know if she had any medical questions.
Our talk went on. I began to ask her about one of the “sisters”, that had worked there for years but recently had retired due to health issues. (She always greeted you with a smile.)
The deli lady said “that’s the friend I was talking about!” She went on to say that her friend had been thru the “wringer”. She had been ill since September when she got whooping cough and was now so weakened and depressed that “they could not even get her to get dressed”.. She told me that she had been staying with the sisters.
She told me that her friends medicines were horribly expensive (she also has multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia) never mind the upcoming bronchoscopy to attempt to wash out her friend’s lungs in hopes of improving her persistant pneumonia. I asked if her friend had any family that might be able to help. She just shook her head, “no” and then put on a smile and said ” But I know it will all be alright because the Lord will see to it”.
At that moment I felt a tingles. My eyes began to tear. I reached in my purse and pulled out the envelope. I handed it to her. I explained the story of the Ten for Him to her. She got thoughtful and began to thank me. I told her that it was the one above who did it…that the moment she told me the story of our mutual friend that I knew that this was what God wanted me to do.
I heard from our recipient herself the next day. She sounded like her old self. Cheerful and full of hope. She was scheduled for her procedure the next day and talked about her hopes to return to work part time as she missed seeing “her people”.
I later heard that her procedure went well and that they hoped she would continue to improve. Maybe one day we will see her back at the local Kroger.