God works in miraculous ways. I know that and have known that most of my life, so I should not have been shocked at the miracle that occurred a few weeks ago. I am a director of Jumbled Dreams, and we have helped a number of different organizations in Franklin and Nashville to serve the homeless. I received an inquiry asking if it was possible for Jumbled Dreams to provide a few sweat outfits for the men and women who have soiled clothing when they arrive at the shelter operated two nights a week at our church. The inquiry also asked if we could provide a wheelchair?
I immediately thought the clothing will be no problem because we have a number of sweat pants and shirts in the donation bags. I also looked through the clothing racks at GraceWorks, a charitable organization, and found a few hooded sweat jackets at a very reasonable price. As I was paying for the jackets, the cashier and I started talking. I told her about Jumbled Dreams and the request I had received for the clothing. Then I chuckled and said, “They also want a wheelchair. But they’re not going to get one. Where on earth am I going to find a free or almost free wheelchair?” She looked at me very seriously and said, “In the warehouse. We give them to people in need. During my break, I’ll go check to see if we have any back there and I’ll call you if we do.” At first, I was speechless, and then I was ecstatic.
About an hour later I received the phone call telling me to come to get the wheelchair. We went immediately to pick it up and take it to the church. We found out that it was for a homeless lady. She and her family are living in a car and any time she gets out of the car they have to carry her. Now she has a wheelchair! Although I was not there when the wheelchair was given to her, I understand she was so happy she cried.
I am ashamed of myself that I did not have the faith to know that the Lord will provide for this need. I preach “you have to have faith” to my family all the time, and yet when faced with this need, I buckled. Thank you, Lord, for this reminder of your lesson, “For truly I tell you if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”