About 20 years ago, I arrived home exhausted from the day and collapsed on the couch to relax. Almost immediately, I *felt* an inner voice say, “Put $20 in an envelope and take it to this family now.”
Because I have A.D.D. (Attention Decifit Dis … Oh, is that a butterfly?), I have thoughts racing through my mind all the time, so I tried to suppress this thought, because of my fatigue.
And besides, I knew this family well. They are friends. And I was unaware of any need they would have for $20. The husband was an independent contractor who delivered furniture for a commercial store. He drove his own truck.
But the feeling grew stronger until I *felt* it say, “Do it NOW!” So, I got up and said out loud, “Okay, I’ll go!”
I put $20 in an envelope and drove to their home. I knocked on the door and when the wife answered, I awkwardly said, “I think I’m supposed to give you this.” I handed her the envelope and turned to leave. She said, “Please wait.”
She opened the envelope and when she saw what was inside, she burst into tears. Thinking I had offended her, I apologized. But she said, “You should come inside.” Her husband and five children were there in the living room.
She said, “You don’t know this and few do, but my husband has been out of work for two weeks. A little while ago, he received a call for a delivery tomorrow that will give us the money we desperately need.
The problem was, we didn’t have the gas money for the truck to make the delivery. This $20 is just what he’ll need for the gas for this local delivery. She continued, “But, that’s NOT why I burst into tears.”
Because of the urgency for the money, my husband suggested we have a family prayer. So, we all knelt down in the living room for the prayer. My husband felt that each of us should offer a prayer. He offered a prayer, then me, then the oldest child all the way down to our five-year-old daughter.
At the moment she prayed, “Dear Heavenly Father, please help my daddy get gas for his truck”, you knocked on the door. When I saw what was in the envelope, that’s why I burst into tears.
How the Spirit could get an A.D.D. guy like me to drive to a home and knock on a door at the very moment a little five-year-old girl ended her prayer, is beyond me. But it happened. They got an answer to their $20 prayer to meet a temporary need. And I got a priceless memory that will warm my heart for eternity.
It’s true, YOU could be the answer to someone’s prayer. So, when you get an impression to do good and it won’t go away, act immediately, without delay. You’ll be glad you did. I know I am.