I first met Ludivich last year in a village so small it doesn’t appear on maps of Romania. He sat in a wheelchair, his right side weakened by a stroke. He is one of dozens of homeless elderly rescued by Viorel Pasca, a Romanian pastor and a man of active faith. I prayed for Ludivich and offered him a banana, crackers, and a smile.
Little did we know how God would provide.
When I asked Gaylyn, the warehouse manager, if the walker was available, she said, “It’s yours.” Obviously! If the walker had been anywhere else in that vast warehouse I would have missed it. I’m confident it was hung there by God’s design.
The walker shipped with our container in October. I had the overwhelming pleasure of giving it to Ludivich December 4th. The expression on his face in this photograph says more than any words I could write.
It seems God went to great lengths to get that walker to Ludivich: my initial visit, Janna’s expertise, the unknown person who donated it, Gaylyn’s generosity, and a long journey across the ocean. The image of Ludivich and his “wonder walker” is a memory I treasure. And it reminds me of another gift, a much Greater Gift, another journey, and another set of circumstances so “God” that no human could have orchestrated them.
So this Christmas season I am saying with renewed awe, “Thank You, God, for Your amazing plan, and thank You, Jesus, for making the journey.”
Now thanks be to God for His Gift, precious beyond telling, His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP)