Sitting at my desk at the end of long day, anxious to get home, the phone rang. My first thought was, “Another call!” At the other end of the line, though, was the voice of a young woman in tears. Tears of gratitude, it turned out.
Her normal life had come undone when she suffered a terrible accident a few months earlier, leaving her with serious injuries. “It was terrifying,” she said.
With the help of doctors, nurses and physical therapists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, she began the slow road to recovery. Compassionate strangers became the hands of God and her wounds gradually healed.
However, with limited income, she was financially overwhelmed. She was barely making ends meet when the hospital bills arrived. With a little too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to pay for her medical care, she was terrified again. She faced the real fear of going under financially.
But God’s long arms of love reached out, lifting the burden of her hospital bill through another group of compassionate strangers. She received a letter I had written saying, “Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.”
Through tears of joy she said, “Please thank the people that helped me. Please tell them that I really, really appreciate it. It makes a difference knowing there are such good people out there who would help – people who don’t even know me.“ She knew that God had come near, touching her life through the care of North Carolina Baptists.
Before I went home, I paused to pray. “Thank you, God, for the hands of your love, always at work.”