The most beautiful story you’ll read all day

We’ll see if I can write this because I my mind is seriously blown. Amazed. Inspired. Overjoyed. I want to jump around like a little girl in a princess store.

Let me tell you why.

Two weeks ago, a dear friend of mine told me that my former colleague’s son was in a pretty severe car accident. A driver hoping to pass the car in front of him hit a car in the other lane head-on. His son was in that other car. Thankfully, he is alive, but suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and broken pelvis. He is now home recovering, and my friend is trying to balance caring for his elderly mother and hurt son, while working his full-time job.

My friend asked me to pray for him because he was feeling pretty overwhelmed and I said I would. A few days later, I was praying for peace and healing and all of a sudden, the words “Go Fund Me” popped in my head. I wasn’t really thinking about money and the words came out of no where, but I felt like God was prompting me to set up a GoFundMe page. In fifteen short minutes, I created the page, posted it on my Facebook and asked people to give. Within 48 hours, people had donated $555.

Two weeks have passed and last night, I e-mailed my friend to let him know about the $555. This morning, I received this e-mail from him:

Lauren:
I am so incredibly floored this morning. I don’t even know if I have words to express my gratitude to both you and to Christ. It is the timing of this email that hits me the most. Today is my son’s 26th birthday and he is getting cut off of our insurance as of today. As he is cut off, doctors won’t take him anymore, so I have been trying to figure out how I am going to come up with the $300 per month to swing the insurance for him. If he has insurance, they will take him even if there is a large deductible. I woke up at 3 AM this morning thinking about how I am going to do this, and honestly feeling a little abandoned. I decided to check my work emails and this is what I saw. I cried a little when I read this, and am still in disbelief.
It really amazes me how God works and how lucky we are to have him in our lives. At the literal moment I felt like I was in darkness, God asked you to remind me of his love.

This is the beauty of God! He is a God of hope, of joy, of love, of kindness, of detail, of provision. He cares about every single detail of my colleague’s life. He cares about every single detail of your life. As we fall in love with Him, He gives us the opportunity to join him in the work He is doing in the lives of people around us. Not because He needs us — but because He knows it will bring us great joy. As we quiet ourselves and invite Him to spend time with us, He lavishes His love on us. From that love, He shows us how to pour that love out to help others know His love, too. He is amazing and incredible and more than we could have ever imagined!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!” -Ephesians 3:20–21

Jesus, you rocked my world today. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your beauty. Thank you that you see so much more than we do. Thank you that your heart is full of loving-kindness. You. Are. Awesome!!!!! I love you so much.

Joyfully,
Lauren