Sara Moore Gruver was down to her last $20. It was literally the last bill in her pocket and she would have no money until her next payday. The bills were paid and they had just finished buying their groceries, so it was okay. She and her three children would just need to hold out for the week.
But then on the way home, the kids started to kick up a ruckus. They begged for ice cream the way only young children could—as if the difference between having ice cream or not was life or death.
“Begged. Cried real tears. All the drama,” Gruver reflected on Facebook.
Gruver put her foot down; she said no. They had the food they needed, and she had to hold on to that $20 in case of some emergency. Ice cream was non-essential and secondary.
“I heard little sighs from the back seat, and then ‘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 was past feeling bad now, she was getting exasperated. She told her children God had other things to worry about, like the many natural disasters ravaging different places in the world. She told them He was too busy to drop some money on their doorstep just so they could have some ice cream.
Her son didn’t buy it. God could provide for natural disaster relief as well as ice cream, he replied. Gruver gave up.
Then they got home, got out of the car, and walked up to the front door. On the doorstep was their stack of mail—and an unusual envelope.
Gruver opened it to find a check for $123—it was from an overpayment on her student loans that she paid off a whole decade ago.
Gruver was stunned, but her kids weren’t. They had faith good things would work out, and it happened.
“The kids were not surprised. God was not surprised. They got ice cream. The Red Cross got a donation,” Gruver wrote. More important to her than the money was the absolute positivity her children had, and what an amazing reminder it was for her to keep her head up.
Not long after Gruver shared this on her Facebook page, it went viral and was shared tens of thousands more times, with comments flooding in thanking her for giving people a bit of inspiration.
“Craziness!” she added in an update. “I wrote it simply to spread some faith and hope in a world that can be so dark some days….and I believe that’s what my words are doing.”