I have had the pleasure—blessing really—to experience real-life miracles in my life. Even more, I am fortunate to recognize when they are occurring. One of the most prominent in recent memory occurred about five years ago when I was renting out space in my house.
I posted an ad and got a response from a woman. She was in a rush to move in and came to look at my property with a discerning eye. She liked it a lot and stated she was planning to move in. Since this was just a viewing, I had not done a formal application with her with a credit check etc. was performed. However, when she indicated interest, I gave her the application and let her know the expected deposit to hold the place upon approval.
Now, it is important for me to mention that I was desperate. I was barely making ends meet and had determined that if I did not get a tenant then I would have to let the house go in foreclosure. I had gotten myself into one of those interest only loans (being young and naïve) and didn’t see a way out of it once I started drowning. Even buying gas to get back and forth to work was a struggle as my hefty paycheck went mostly to pay the mortgage.
I prayed and prayed for some sort of assistance. Some sort of miracle.
Well, the woman whom I mentioned, viewed my house at the end of October but decided not to move in since her situation changed. She did not put in an application, nor did she leave a deposit so I had nothing promising that she would move in nor did I expect it. Come December, I was down and out. I showed my rental space to a few others but had no takers. I did not know how I was going to make it through that month, let alone, the Christmas holiday with friends and family.
The answer arrived at my door. The lady that originally looked at my rental space approximately a month and a half before, left a Christmas card. It’s the one on displayed on this post. She put it in my door’s window and inside it simply said, “Keisha, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” But the kicker was the $750 check included. It was the cost of one month’s rent. I could not believe it. I called her and explained that although she indicated she wanted to move in, she made no commitment and so I could not accept her money (though I really needed it). She said she didn’t do it cause it was an obligation, she did it because she felt in her heart it was the right thing to do and she really wanted me to have it.
So yes, a total stranger that I met one time left me a Christmas check for close to a thousand dollars for no good reason. God is good and he will use us to provide miracles for people around us. This holiday season, please see how you can be miracle-worker and game-changer in someone else’s life. I owe that stranger so much and I am so glad she showed me the true spirit of the season.
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