In my last blog I shared with you the beautiful experience God gave me in ministering to a woman just after her near-fatal car accident on an ice-covered Colorado road. I was awe-struck that God used me in those moments to help keep this precious woman, Cheryl Orr, alive, and when I visited her in the ICU a few days later, she looked up at me in wonder and whispered, "my angel!" Since then she has shared with me that she was shocked to find out that it was a mere human being who stood at her shattered window and spoke life to her! This has all been so humbling. But one of the most precious things to come out of this experience is learning what Cheryl's "great purpose" is.
As we visited in her hospital room, recalling that terrible but amazing night, Cheryl said she did recall my repeating a phrase several times. She said, "I remember telling you that I was dying, but you kept saying, "No, you are LIVING and God has a great purpose for you!" It is probably not very often that someone gets to minister at the scene of an accident and then connect with that person later on; so, I feel very blessed that God has connected us and I have learned about Cheryl's great purpose.
Five years ago she adopted her baby granddaughter, who was abused, and this precious little one, whose name was Lily, became her own daughter. I recalled the story of Jacob adopting his two grandsons as his own sons! There was great purpose in what Jacob was doing, even as there is great purpose in Cheryl's life, raising this beautiful little six-year-old girl named Lily!
Cheryl was struck head-on by a car careening out of control, and the driver of this car, who was under-insured, was killed. There is very little help in paying her surmounting medical expenses. She is a twenty-one year veteran of the U.S. Navy, so some V.A. benefits will help with her outpatient therapy, but she is counting on our God to come through with yet another miracle to help her pay her enormous debts.
You can read the whole story about Cheryl on her Go Fund Me page (link below). It is my fervent prayer that each of you will donate however the Spirit leads, and also send this link to many friends, family, and church members. You can even post it to your Facebook page! God is clearly at work in this. Cheryl was told in the ICU that she would spend six months in the hospital, but she was just released after one short month! Doctors also told her that her crushed legs and feet would probably never walk again, but she is doing famously with her wheel chair, and has her mind and spirit absolutely set on taking her first steps!
There is a picture of little Lily welcoming her home on the Go Fund Me page - and the picture tells the story! You have a great purpose and I have a great purpose and it may be something we've taken for granted - but in the end, it may be something for which God preserves your life!
THANK YOU FOR VISITING THIS PAGE AND BEING A PART OF CHERYL'S MIRACLE!
Shalom and blessings in our Faithful God from Kelly
Kelly Ferrari Mills