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In Search of Miracles - Short Story - Non-Fiction
Searching for big miracles
So many times we search for the miraculous, and miss the everyday hand of God at work.
During this past Relay for Life season I’ve been privileged to see God’s hand at work in two separate situations. I know there are many more similar stories out there.
One of my co-workers donated a car to our Relay team. The committee pondered what to do with a car. It was an older model with over 200,000 miles on the engine, and some transmission issues. At first we thought about turning frustrated Relay attendees loose on it with a sledge hammer for $1.00 a whack. But then we thought about the mess we would have to clean up, and I knew my co-worker would be heart sick. So, we decided to auction it off and be happy with whatever price the auctioneer could extract from the crowd.
It sold for $500.00, and we were thrilled. Even more thrilling, was that the buyer wanted it for his 85-year old mother who drives half a mile a week to church and back, and an occasional visit to his sister’s home three-quarters of a mile away. He was excited that he could get her a car, in fairly good shape, that would meet her needs, and for a price he could afford.
We can easily miss the everyday hand of God at work.
Our business decided to raise money by raffling off a utility trailer. Sounded like something a lot of people would have a need for in rural America, and we were right. We sold tickets for over two months raising enough money to pay all our expensis, and give over $4,000.00 to our local Relay for Life.
The drawing was done at the event; the winner’s name was called, but no one came forward. On Monday morning, a gentleman came into our office to pay his bill, but did not have enough money to cover the entire amount due. He explained that his grandson had become ill, and had to be taken to a major hospital a far distance away. This drained his family of their finances, leaving him to sell personal items to even make a partial payment. He promised the cashier that he would return within the week to settle his account in full.
The cashier recognized his name and called me. “What is the man’s name who won the trailer?” she asked, I gave her the name. “I believe he is sitting right here at my desk”, she replied. I asked for additional information to confirm he was indeed the winner. When she relayed the message that he had won the trailer, the man burst into tears.
God knows what we need when we need it
I know what you are thinking. Why would he buy a raffle ticket when he had such financial needs? Well, I looked at the number on the ticket to find it was one of the first tickets we had sold. He had made his purchase before the financial need arose.
He received his trailer and thanked us over, and over again; then drove away with a huge smile.
The next day I received a call from the same cashier. The man was back, he had taken the trailer and sold it making enough from the sale to pay his bill in full with money left over. He handed the cashier his change, over $10.00, and said “I would like to give that back to Relay for Life”.
God knows what we need exactly when we need it. Some may say, “That was just coincidence.” I beg to differ, that was God seeing needs ahead of when they were needed, and putting things in motion to provide for those needs -- at the right time.