I was relaxing in my “Comfy Chair,” and my phone began to ring. I answered, and I heard a friend of mine say: “Hi, Mr. Joel!” I don’t know why, but that is always how she addresses me. She said: “I’m calling you from the recovery room at a Detroit area hospital. My husband just had open heart surgery, and we just found out that he needs a hospital bed when we get home. Can you help?” The first path that came into my mind: “I recommend that you give Hospice Of Gladwin County a call; they are a great organization and have helped many people in our County.” Then something popped into my mind: “But first, I will post it on my social media page. I will check on it in a couple of hours, and if there are no results, I’ll call you back.” She agreed.
I opened my Mac and jumped onto my page, asking if anyone had a hospital bed they no longer needed to help a friend. In less than half an hour, I had a response from another friend who said she had a hospital bed that she would donate. I called her, and she said that she did have a hospital bed, but the thing is that it is stored upstairs in the pole barn, and it is very heavy. I assured her that would not be a problem. Then she said if this is for a person that is small framed and underweight, it might not work as it is designed for a large frame robust person of some heft. Knowing my friend’s husband, who is over 6 ft tall and a powerfully built man, I told her it would be perfect for him.
I then contacted my friend in the recovery room and told her about the bed. She was thrilled. I gave her the number to call and set up arraignments to pick up the bed. She said she had two nephews with a truck and would have no problem carrying the bed down the stairs and into their truck. After saying goodbye, I asked her to keep me informed on how her husband was doing and if the bed worked out. A few days later, I saw her in church. She came over excited to tell me that the hospital bed is perfect and her husband is recovering nicely.
This all happened during preparations for Easter Week. This whole episode touched me in a positive way. I have referred other people looking for help to hospice in the past, and they have been helped. But this time, I felt moved by the Holy Spirit to put a request out on social media, and in a short period of time, a perfect match for the bed and my friend came together. It seemed like one of “God’s little Miracles!” I wanted to share this story with people because we are living in challenging times. I realize that there are some very big problems that our World needs to deal with. Sometimes we feel that we have no way to influence World events. That we are pawns for the influential people that are running things. And then I thought that if God can make little Miracles, he can also make bigger Miracles. If God listened to the request for help on a small but important issue like a hospital bed, then there is hope that he will hear the request for help on more significant problems.
I hope that the many National and World issues facing all of us today can be dealt with positively, bringing peace and prosperity to the World. Positive thoughts and prayers have power that may result in Miracles!
“Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others. – © Joel M. Vernier 04/9/2023 Author of: “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer.” email@example.com