Skip to comments.How God Works - A Christmas Story
Posted on 12/24/2019 9:05:32 AM PST by Crusher138
Fourteen years ago November, God answered my wife's prayer in an unusual manner.
I had been laid off from my job after 19 years. We had been hit by Hurricane Wilma. Our power was still out after two weeks.
My wife and I had decided to sell the house and move to New Mexico. We had lived our whole lives in South Florida and moving over 2000 miles away from friends and family was going to be difficult. As was her custom, when faced with a big decision, my wife turned to prayer. She asked God for clarity.
God answered November 8th. After 16 days with no power, when the out of state repair guys restored power to our house it caught on fire. It was a total loss. This sealed the deal. We took the insurance money, sold the lot, and moved to New Mexico.
I had been in the imprinted sportswear business since 1987. Not long after we moved I opened my own embroidery and printing company. We made it part of our mission to serve God through service to our community. This meant that, among other things, we discounted and/or donated our products and services to churches and charitable organizations.
The organizations we helped were many and varied. Watermelon Mountain Ranch is an animal rescue (we got our two dogs from them). CareNet is a crisis pregnancy center that gives women an alternative to abortion. NAMI helps people with mental health issues. Haven House gives shelter and assistance to battered and abused women.
When we relocated to New Mexico, some of our family followed. My sister actually arrived a couple of months before we could. She has not had an easy life. One of the reasons she moved out here so quickly was to escape an abusive relationship. There have been a string of guys who have physically and mentally abused my sister. As family we attempted to intervene, but an abused woman tends to stay with the abuser until she has had enough. Needless to say, my sister has had first hand experience with abusers.
All of that to bring us to the present. I received a call from my sister this morning. She was clearly upset. Her neighbor had appeared on her doorstep last night, beaten and bloody, with small children in tow, looking for a place to hide from the abusive husband.
This was not a friendly neighbor. In fact, since she had moved in, she had made my sister's life difficult. She would (frivolously) call the police complaining about noise and barking dogs. She filed complaints against my sister with the HOA. She called animal control and my sister got a citation for not having her dog's vaccination records available. She set up cameras facing my sister's apartment. All in all, she was a neighbor from hell.
Now this disagreeable person appears on my sister's doorstep, late at night, blood dripping from her face, looking for safe place for her and her children. My sister let them in, set them up with sofas and blankets, fed them, and they all went to sleep.
I became aware of this when my sister called me this morning in a panic. What should she do? Should she call the police? Should she let them stay? The whole situation was causing her to flash back to the violent episodes in her life. She was very upset.
This is where God brings it all together.
Because my sister was battered, she felt empathy for a stranger that had been anything but friendly towards her.
Because my house burned down, we moved to New Mexico, started a business that works with charities, and had worked closely with Haven House, which shelters battered women.
I was able to direct my sister to call Roberta (the director) at Haven House. This abused woman is going to have a safe place for her and her children, hidden from her violent husband. She is going to get free legal council and help starting a life away from fear and violence.
All the pieces fell into place through God's grace. He allowed my sister and myself to go through terrible things so we would be uniquely equipped to help this woman in her time of need.
Keep this in mind when you are going through hardship. God uses the fire of adversity to forge us into tools to carry out His will here on Earth.
I hope this story brings you some comfort and joy this Christmas season. May the blessings of our Lord and Savior be on you all!
Amen My Brother, Let go and let God...
He will make your crooked paths straight
This was not a friendly neighbor. In fact, since she had moved in, she had made my sister’s life difficult. She would (frivolously) call the police complaining about noise and barking dogs. She filed complaints against my sister with the HOA. She called animal control and my sister got a citation for not having her dog’s vaccination records available. She set up cameras facing my sister’s apartment. All in all, she was a neighbor from hell.
How awful. But now we see a reason why this poor unhappy person made others so unhappy.
I hope this neighbor will - like your sister - overcome the abuse and learn to live a happy fulfilled life.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Thank you so much for sharing this story.
I have lived through several examples of God working His Grace in similar ways.
Prayers for your sister’s neighbor and her children.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Amen. It’s a wonderful story.
I myself am not such a good person. Pray as I might, in the back of my mind still lurks a sarcastic and skeptical person. The sort of person who wonders how long it will be before the other women at the shelter are demanding that an officious virago be thrown out.
In all seriousness, I hope the children find a a safe and loving place. Perhaps you and your sister were there primarily to rescue the children at this Christmas season.
Hope the neighbor makes the decision to move out and stay out.
He knew just where to send this woman and her children. Dont be surprised if He sends others to you. God loves a generous heart.
Praise God. Great story. God works in mysterious ways.
Any man that hits a woman deserves a special place in hell
Taos ping ! Kachina peak ping !
Thank you for sharing this. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Though, later on, He sometimes reveals the path He helped you travel to get where He wanted you to be. Amazing. God bless and Merry Christmas.
What a beautiful testimony! I’ve seen such “coincidences” time and again in my long life. Hallelujah! God is great!
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