Mysterious Ways: Pass the Turkey

I was a lucky winner... but the prize wasn’t meant for me.

By Ellen Galo, Potsdam, New York

There’s a reason I don’t play the lottery or enter contests. I know I’ll never win. Even the one time I did–I collected ten dollars in a magazine sweepstakes–it didn’t make up for the hundred dollars in magazine gift subscriptions I’d bought over the years. So when the cashier at the grocery store handed me a scratch-off prize card around Thanksgiving, I didn’t want to take it.

“It’s free with your grocery purchase,” the cashier said. Okay, if I don’t need to gamble any money away...  Still, I wasn’t sure there wasn’t some catch. After fishing for a quarter from my purse, I rubbed away the silvery surface of the card. “Congratulations!’ it read underneath. My prize? A 15-pound turkey.

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A turkey? My husband, Gary, and I had been married 24 years, and in all that time I’d never once prepared a Thanksgiving turkey. Every year we drove to Gary’s parents in Vermont, and ate their turkey. I was sure Gary’s mom already had their bird stuffed and trussed. Of all the things I could win, Lord, what will I do with this?

Back home, I was still searching for an answer when my 13-year-old daughter, Michelle, bounded into the kitchen. Then, suddenly, I knew.

For several years, Gary and I had been passing down Michelle’s old clothes to a struggling family in Potsdam. They lived in a dilapidated house that was crumbling around the corners and looked ready to come down. Both parents were disabled and unable to work, and their daughter was four years younger than Michelle, about her size. I’d found out about the family through my church, and they were grateful for the outfits Michelle had outgrown.

Maybe they could use the turkey, I thought.

I called and told the girl’s mother about my unexpected prize. “Would you like it?”

For a moment, there was dead silence. I worried I’d been presumptuous–maybe she already had dinner planned.

Finally the woman spoke. “Habitat for Humanity is rebuilding our house this weekend,” she said. “I wanted to feed the workmen a Thanksgiving meal. I was just praying for some way to afford it... then you called.”

There’s still no way I’m playing the lottery. But if a scratch-off card lands in my lap again, I’ll be sure to have a quarter ready to scratch it, just in case.

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Sometimes things happens unexpectedly but never without a reason. Our all knowing God knew the heart and the selfless thoughts of the woman who wanted to feed the crew who came to fix her house up. She had a giving heart - Even though she herself was in need she wanted to give to the people who would be doing something wonderful for her.. God heard her prayer and He was the one who caused the cashier to give Ellen the right scratch card knowing that Ellen could and would reach out to her. God gave Ellen the thought and the desire to offer the turkey to the woman who would put it to selfless use. Sometimes God sends us on a mission without our knowing it. Yahweh does not owe us an explanation, He will just cause you to be in the right place at the right time. November 2013 I had to arrange our graduation function for our Bible class, I was the only woman in the class, therefore it was my task to arrange everything. I never visit liquor stores because both my husband and I do not drink. But I wanted to get alcohol free champagne for the people who wanted to celebrate, so I went to Liquor rama and spoke to a young motswana man, asking for the alcohol free champagne. He wanted to know why I wanted alcohol free champagne. That was the door God opened for me to evangelize him. He asked me in the store if I would pray for him and I said yes I will pray for him right there and then. He said "no not in public" and I said "I am not ashamed of my Lord" and before I could pray for him the security woman at the door joined us and asked if I would pray for her too, we stood and prayed in the entrance to the liquor store. Well to make a long story short, Aaron came to our house that same day and gave his heart to Jesus in our lounge. Afterwards he told us that February 2013 he had a dream of a white woman and man who would teach him about the Lord. He said that he thought that he would have to go to South Africa to find the people who would teach him about Jesus. Yet Jesus send me to him at his place of work at a liquor store for a reason completely different from what I thought I was doing there, and I never bought any champagne. He became our spiritual son and has been visiting us ever since to learn about Jesus. So when things happen that you do not understand just be still and let God be God.

I am in a diffecault time in my life.
Your story, s give me hope en trusr that there is more between earth and haven.
That there is hope en mirracles.
But i wanted to ask...,, and this is verry important to me...,
Are your story, s real.
Didn, t people made this up.
Is it true from peoples hart?

Yes, J, our stories are true! God is real, miracles still do happen and God still speak to His people. I cannot imagine a life without Jesus as the center of my life. He is the foundation for our lives and it is from Him that we draw our strength. You read our stories and may think "But how can this happen in my life, how can I experience this?". You can, because we are just simple weak human beings who got to know God and experienced His amazing grace. He loves you too, and He can and want to make it all right for you. You just need to call upon Him constantly and continuously, trust Him and believe in His love, mercy and goodness without any doubt in your heart. God moves mightily in the lives of those who call upon Him, and trust in Him to come through for them. Look around you, look at nature, look how God provides for the animals, the birds. Look at the trees that grow and flourish in a seemingly dry country, look up at the stars in the sky, the clouds painted across the sky - And see GOD. He is there for you too....

Our stories are true, J., shared with us by the people who experienced them.