A Torn ACL, a Miraculous Donation
The morning of December 9, I was struggling and we had barely begun working. I work with Joe Martin as a literature evangelist, and this particular morning we were working in Loveland, Colorado. Before Thanksgiving break, while playing in a basketball scrimmage, I completely tore my ACL and also parts of my meniscus. I will have to have surgery over Christmas break and then miss 6-8 weeks of work for recovery. Through special organized prayer offered by Principal Don Reeder, Pastor Micheal Goetz, my coach Glenn O’Halloran, and my parents, the Lord strengthened my knee enough to continue walking door-to-door sharing Jesus. However, walking was not painless, and that Wednesday morning was proving to be especially difficult. I asked God to strengthen and bless me as I was trying to give Him my best despite my condition.
I approached a small house with a white picket fence and rang the doorbell. A gentleman came to the door. I explained that I went to a Christian school and began to tell him what I was selling and about the cookbook, when he cut me short. He asked if he could simply give me a donation. Of course I said, “Yes.”
He reached into his wallet, and he pulled out a $100 bill. I was shocked. I tried to leave him all of my books, but he refused. I said many thanks and was on my way. I stood in his driveway filling out the receipt when he came back out of his house and asked me how much tuition was. I gave him an approximate answer and he asked how much I needed. I told him that he had already been more than generous, but as I did, he held out to me an additional $500. I was at a loss for words. I told him that I would feel awful if he did not take at least one book, so he took a Peace Above the Storm.
Then I said, “Before I leave, I just have to ask; Why would you do something like this for me?” And after a moment he said, “Because Jesus did it for us.” That statement brought tears to my eyes as the weight of those words sank in. I prayed with him, said as many thanks as I could, and continued on. It wasn't until later when I was able to meet up with Pastor Joe and share the news that he pointed the most amazing part of it out to me. He reminded me that $600 is equivalent to approximately 2 months of work, and the doctor had told me it would be 6-8 weeks (2 months) before I would be able to work following my surgery.
This injury has been difficult for me, but now I know without a doubt that God will bring far more good from it than the pain I have felt. I may not know what it is right now but I'm willing to trust God and see how He will continue to work through this temporary setback. Receiving the exact amount you need in the form of hundreds of dollars does not happen by chance. God knew I had a need, and He filled it. As the kind man implied, Jesus paid it all for us, so what should stop us from giving what we can back to God?
12/22/2015 09:56:15 am
Praise the Lord HIs mercies are new every day
12/22/2015 09:58:22 am
Brittaney, get a knee brace until you have surgery if that has not happened already. Prayers for complete healing. I did that years ago and my doc fixed me up good as new...yours will too. Mine was 1991 and still very strong! Let us know how you're doing. Prayers for good surgery & complete healing. What a wonderful gift you got and you gave.
12/22/2015 05:15:38 pm
What an awesome God we serve! Why don't we trust him more? Thank you for sharing this!!!
12/22/2015 07:28:09 pm
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen
12/22/2015 08:53:17 pm
I am reminded of the Bible verse, "Before you call I will answer..." Thanks for sharing
12/23/2015 07:07:19 pm
I went to Campion, graduated in 1956. From 1954 through 1963 I canvassed every summer, including 4 years at Union I had to stay out and work. Later repairing ACL's was my special interest. And one of the families I stayed with I Council Bluffs later lent me the money that allowed me to go to medical school. I found some comparisons with your experience.
1/4/2016 05:33:28 am
This story is a blessing and encouragement. Thank you for sharing it. With so much negative it is good to hear the ways God is working in people's lives.
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