“God is so good, I’ve been praying for a miracle!”
In the world that we live in today, it can seem that love for our neighbors is waning.
Most of what we hear in the news and what we read online is of wild hate and distrust.
However, there are still those who know that Love can be the support that changes the lives of those around them.
This is just exactly what happened last month, with a story of an incredible act of kindness and self-sacrifice from a cashier that would shock a family and answer their desperate prayers.
Christ told us that, “Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matt. 22:39). For many, this instruction, that seems so simple, tends to fall through the cracks. We live in a society that, many times, focuses on the self.
So whenever someone puts their lives on the line to save the life of another, it can surprise all of those who hear of it. It can also serve as an inspiration to teach others how we must love each other.
For three years, 53-year-old Donnie Drummond has been in kidney failure and waiting for her prayers to be answered and for her life to change.
The stress that this situation has been putting on Donnie has also been felt by her husband, Eddie Drummond. Eddie has been by his wife’s side this whole time, and her troubles often weigh on his mind. She was definitely on his mind one early morning as he stopped for breakfast at a local grocery store.
Mr. Drummond came to this same store most mornings for breakfast, stating that it is the only place open before he heads off to work at a shipbuilding yard.
On this special morning, his cashier happened to be Leilani Aguirre Crocker.
Crocker, an Army vet and mother of four, often saw Eddie in the mornings and they were always friendly with each other when he would come in for his morning stop.
This morning, however, she noticed that Eddie seemed to be feeling down.
Worrying for her customer and his obvious discomfort, Crocker asked Eddie what was wrong. His answer would touch her heart in a way that the Drummonds would never have expected.
He told Crocker of his wife’s condition and that they had not been able to find a kidney to match her. He also spoke of her dialysis treatments and how hard they had been on his wife.
Crocker was touched and could not imagine how hard being on dialysis would be. Something told her that she must take action. She immediately volunteered to give his wife her kidney.
“It’s the right thing to do. Something inside of me is telling me to do this. God works in mysterious ways,” Crocker said.
Eddie Drummond was taken aback. He thought she was kidding, until she insisted that Eddie call his insurance company to set everything up.
Eddie agreed to see if Crocker would be a match for his wife. However, his wife would not meet Crocker until months later when she showed up at the Drummond’s house with the results of their testing, asking for Eddie.
When Donnie answered the door, she was confused as to why the young woman would be asking for her husband. When Crocker entered the house, she and Eddie sat Donnie down and explained to her the situation.
Crocker announced that she was a perfect match to provide a kidney for Donnie.
Donnie was elated at the news and her heart was grateful for her “miracle blessing lady.”
However, she did not forget who was really at the heart of the miracle: God.
She was thankful to Him for everything that had happened leading up to this miracle. Everything had happened just so to result in a new kidney for Donnie.
For Crocker to immediately feel the need to offer her kidney was certainly not the least of these happenings. However, in Crocker’s words, “if the shoe was on the other foot, I’d want somebody to help me.”
It is this willingness to sacrifice for our neighbors that is missing in much of our world, but it is also this willingness that shows others how God’s Love shines. And this love can also draw people together that otherwise would have never known each other.
Now, while they wait for the kidney transplant some time in February, the two families spend a lot of their time together. They even attend church together and go to each other’s houses for meals.
They have become great friends and now have a fellowship together that would have never been possible without a miracle that God wove together to save one woman’s life and show two families a love that some people never have the opportunity to witness.
Please join us to pray for those who are suffering from illnesses and waiting for a miracle. Miracles do still happen and God is the One who gives them.
Prayer is stronger than many people perceive, and we have the power to ask God for the miracles that can save lives and bring people closer to Him.
It is that closeness to God that turns out to be the biggest blessing of all.