Some might call it luck, but we choose to call it God's intervention.
During a recent Salvation Army thrift store truck pickup, driver Lamarr Scott and his helper went to the home of an elderly man to collect a donation. No one answered, but Lamarr thought he heard someone calling.
Still, no one came to the door, so Lamarr rang the bell again. He put his ear to the door and heard someone say, "I have fallen, and I think I broke my hip."
Lamarr went around to the garage door, announced again who he was, and looked inside. He saw the man lying on the floor, and the man told him that he had been there for over an hour and a half. He asked Lamarr to call his daughter.
Lamarr made that call, but he first called for an ambulance. By the time it arrived, the man's daughter hadn't heard the message Lamarr had left on her phone, so he stayed with the man.
So why isn't this coincidence? Two days earlier, the pickup call had actually been canceled, but the pickup office had not changed the schedule. What had started out as a routine day for a thrift store driver turned out to be an opportunity used of God—and an answer to an elderly man's prayer.
Kathy Wadman is a Salvation Army major now serving in Rochester, N.Y.