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An envelope was taped to our front door. It was a warrant for us to appear in court for Dale’s unpaid hospital bill. ( you should read the story if you’re new to my blog).
The original bill was over $30,000. We had been waiting for the insurance company to settle the claim. Well, they decided not to pay it. We called the hospital, told them what happened and they graciously lowered our bill by 50%. But, they were pretty serious about the remaining balance and wouldn’t accept monthly payments.
So, the deal was- pay it by August or we’ll put a lien on your house. PAY IT NOW was the answer. Well, naturally we did the same thing you would have done. We got on our knees and asked God to help and show us an answer. We didn’t have the money, to say the least.
Every day we prayed, but answers to pay the debt were nowhere in sight. So, we told God we were willing to sell the farm if He wanted us to get rid of the debt. We resigned ourselves that this may be the only answer.
That afternoon I called a dear friend and asked her to pray for us. The hospital debt wasn’t the only thing I needed prayer for, we had other issues that were pressing. We talked for 5 minutes and then she prayed the sweetest prayer.
Within 30 minutes after we talked she called me back, I was in my garden. It sounded like she was holding back tears when she first started to tell me that her and her husband had decided to pay our entire hospital bill!!! I felt faint. My head started to get whoozy. I thought I was going to pass out!
I was in shock. This wasn’t a rich couple. They worked hard for the money they lived on. They weren’t independently wealthy people by any stretch of the imagination. They were people just like you and me, but they were willing to give $15,000 - to help us.
I said, “But…“ She said, “Sharon it is our joy to give this. I had felt for several months now that I was supposed to do something for you and couldn’t figure out what He wanted me to do. I had even told my husband about it. Then when you called I knew and so did he.” They were giving with joy. She even giggled a couple of times while talking.
When I got off the phone I sat in my garden and cried and prayed.
With tears streaming down my cheeks I kept saying, “Jesus, who am I that you are so mindful of?” Never did I ever imagine a person paying off this debt for us!
After I got my composure, I ran into the house to tell Dale. I wish you could have seen his face. With tears in his eyes, he thanked God and couldn’t stop thanking Him.
They don’t want anyone else to know who gave the money. They’re humble people not looking for earthly rewards.
These verses are my prayers for this generous couple:
~”He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
~”For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” Hebrews 6:10
~”Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Lord, with the same measure they gave, give it back to them one hundred fold- shaken down and running over! Help me to fulfill the call of Christ just like they did for us. Help me to bear others burdens by Your example on the cross! In Jesus’ name, amen.
~ “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
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