I was out and about in our town last week looking for an inexpensive suitcase to take on my 18th mission of mercy to Bosnia. I was in a store and a wonderful woman came up to me and put out her hand with $100 cash in it and said, “I am supposed to give this to you.”
I was taken back and even stepped back in astonishment. She genuinely shared that she had just been to a Bible study at the Catholic Church and that God had laid it on her heart that she was to give this $100 to someone that day. She told me that she had seen me and knew that I was the one she was to give it to. I said right out loud, “is this really happening?”
You see, my missions of mercy to Bosnia are to help people in terrible need with basic necessities of life and this dear woman in Madera had heard God say to her heart to give these funds. She will never meet the people that this will help nor will she have the joy of actually seeing that help delivered but she knew the call of God and she acted on his nudging to do this random act of mercy. It was all so unplanned and impossibly orchestrated, and I knew I had just once again experienced a modern day miracle.
I share this story for two reason: (1) To remind Maderans that there are people like this among us who give because they know it is what God wants us to do and (2) To remind myself and others who may read this that when we feel that tug at our hearts and that voice in our minds that say to “do something” that it is the voice of God Himself and He graciously chooses us humans to deliver his love, joy, mercy and encouragement to others.
I thank this woman, as not only will this $100 feed a family in Bosnia for an entire month, but I will share this story with them as well and they will know that God has not forgotten them in their worst of times.