We’ve all had those days. When it seems like the world is crashing down on us and every step we take puts us several steps backwards.
Like the theme song from the Friends TV show, “It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear. When it hasn’t been your day, or week, or month, or even your year.”
Sometimes it seems almost too much trouble just to get out of bed in the morning.
Melissa Simms, poor thing, had lots of those days. In fact, it got so bad that she ultimately required multiple surgeries and was unable to work.
Money kept getting tighter and tighter and she couldn’t contribute anything to helping the family get in better shape. She never complained, though.
She knew she was lucky she’d made it through her surgeries and had her husband and her son, Trey, to keep her going.
But still, she was losing faith that things were going to get better.
Seven-year-old Trey was home sick from school the day that all that changed; he had to go with his mom as she ran errands.
First, however, she was in her surgeon’s Pell City, Alabama office for a followup to her latest surgery, and that’s when it all seemed to catch up with her.
She was embarrassed to have to tell the receptionist that she wouldn’t be able to pay her bill that day.
The doctor agreed to go ahead and see her, but realizing how close to the bottom she was made Melissa almost ready to give up.
“Me and my husband woke up and split out last ten dollars for gas, for him to go to work and for me to make it to my doctor’s appointment,” she said.
“All day I was stressed about how am I going to make supper for my kids.”
While Melissa was seeing the doctor, Trey stayed in the waiting room listening to music. When Melissa came out, he told her a strange woman had stopped and talked to him.
As they walked out to the car, Trey added, “She gave me a note to give you.”
Immediately thinking the worst, Melissa took it from him and tentatively opened the envelope.
Instead of being something negative, it was one of the nicest things Melissa had ever had done for her. The words on the note sent hope soaring to her heart.
The note said:
“I’ve had days like you’re having today. Hang in there.”
Written below that was “Joshua 1:9”, referencing the Bible verse, which states:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The words weren’t the only thing that made Melissa’s heart leap. The note had been wrapped around a $100 bill.
Simms immediately started to cry.
“If I would have known what it was I’d have said thank you,” Trey said in a voice that trembled. He knew what kind of money troubles the family was having, and knew just how far that $100 would go.
Melissa went back in and paid for her doctor visit. Then she went and bought food for her family’s supper and purchased a few other necessities.
“It is a complete feeling of peace, just like everything is going to be OK,” she explained.
The uplifting note and the money put a brighter spin on her future and she is determined to do as commanded. To not be afraid. And to not be discouraged.
“I don’t know what she looks like, I don’t know her name, but I hope I get to meet her to say thank you,” she said.
Melissa snapped a photo of the note and money and posted about the gift of hope on her Facebook page.
She urged her friends to share her story, hoping to find out who her mystery angel was.
So far no one has come forward but Melissa still hopes she will get to meet her someday. As she said:
“It’s the kindest thing that’s ever been done. Truly from the bottom of my heart I thank this woman.
I would love to repay it and to pay it forward one day just like she did.”
But even if they never meet, Melissa hopes somehow she knows how much it meant to her and her family. And she promises that whenever she is able, she will pay it forward as many times as possible.
She likes the idea of being someone’s angel.
After all, she knows just how much an angel can change your life in a matter of mere seconds.
Source: Right Wing News