After paying all of the bills and buying the food needed to feed her family, Sara Moore Gruver, a paramedic and a mom to three children, had $20 left to her name.
It wasn’t something Gruver was too worried about it — she and her family were financially stable, but sometimes their bills were more expensive, and there wasn’t any extra spending money for the family.
And while Gruver initially wasn’t worried about the $20 to her name, she didn’t anticipate her children begging and pleading for her to stop at the ice cream store on their way home from the grocery store. She wrote on Facebook:
I said no. I’m short on money and I might need that $20 before payday. We have plenty of good food at home; we don’t need to stop at the ice cream store.
The crying stopped, but there were a few sighs at the hands of defeat. And that’s when Gruver heard the prayers from the backseat:
“God, we’d really love some ice cream. Is there any way you can give mommy some money so we can get some ice cream tonight? We know you can. Thank you.”
Gruver admitted to being more annoyed by her children’s prayer than anything else.
“Guys,” I said, “God isn’t going to drop money on our door step so you two can get ice cream. He’s BUSY right now with natural disasters.”
Her son, Josh, responded by saying:
“Nope. God said you’ll have plenty of money for ice cream and to give some to the natural disaster people.”
Gruver began to tell Josh that that’s not how God works, but she eventually just gave up.
When they arrived home a few minutes later, Gruver stopped to pick up the mail. In the stack was an envelope from Wells Fargo, which contained a check for $123.
[It was for] an overpayment on a student loan I paid off…in 2007. The kids were not surprised. God was not surprised.
As a result, her children got the ice cream they begged for and the rest of the check was given to the Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The check did not come as a shock to her kids, but for Gruver, it was a reminder “yet again, what it means to have the faith of a child.”