After dragging her son into the doctor’s office, the last thing this exhausted mother wanted was a nosy stranger inserting herself into her business. But that’s exactly what she got when the strange woman handed the mother’s son a note when she wasn’t looking, offering something she didn’t expect.
Life hasn’t been easy for Melissa Simms of Pell City, Alabama, who couldn’t seem to catch a break. Just when she thought it couldn’t get any worse for her, it did when she got to a doctor’s appointment with her son in tow after he stayed home sick from school.
Melissa and her husband were in the midst of a number of stressful circumstances, from several surgeries she had that left them drained both emotionally and financially. She had just $10 to her name, which she split with her husband for gas that morning. She was at her wit’s end with the physician, finances, and now having to pull her son along to the office with her.
“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,” Melissa told WBRC News. “All day I was stressed about how am I going to make supper for my kids.”
When Melissa got to the doctor, she was told that her copay was a lot more than she was expecting. She didn’t have any cash to get food on the table that night, let alone a pricey toll for the follow-up. Without a choice, she went to the doctor anyway, leaving her son behind in the waiting room until she was done with the appointment.
As her boy Trey waited for his mother, a strange woman approached him with an envelope, instructing that he give it to his mother. The responsible child didn’t snoop inside as he held it, and the woman simply took off without saying another word or giving her name. When Melissa came back, Trey handed her the envelope. She immediately opened it and couldn’t believe the message and gift this woman left for her, which ended in tears for the stressed out mom.
Melissa found a note tucked inside which said, “I’ve had days like you’re having today. Hang in there,” then cited Joshua 1:9, which is a Bible verse encouraging us to be strong, courageous, and unafraid. God also commands in the passage to “not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Along with the inspirational note was something else to help her out. The stranger had enclosed $100.
The mother was reduced to tears that this stranger noticed her need and came in as a light in her darkest hours. She had nothing and no hope, but she was lifted up by the words of encouragement and kindness with the financial gift. Melissa was able to use the money to pay the doctor and buy groceries so her family could eat.
She may never find this good Samaritan who didn’t do this for the notoriety, but to serve her God and His children. Melissa said that she hopes to repay the kind deed by paying it forward when she has some extra cash in her pocket and is presented with a person she can bless with it.