I got a call today out of the blue. Mom used to always say “God works in mysterious ways,” and she was right. An Apache man called who had met us last year during one of our training programs. He had such a good experience, and I think when he called he was feeling a little down. His wife and he are separated right now, and this is the time of year that his son died so I’m sure he was experiencing that loss…
He proceeded to tell me the most remarkable story of his life. His name is Mitchell (not his real name) and when he was in high school in 1974, he woke up one morning paralyzed from the waist down. They took him to the hospital for tests, xrays, scans…you name it. They determined that he would be paralyzed the rest of his life and would never walk again, and need spend the rest of his days in a wheel chair.
Mitchell was like that for 2 weeks, and one night he said he prayed really hard and the next morning he had some feeling start to come back to his legs. He walks today without the aid of a wheelchair, walker or even braces. But it doesn’t stop there…
In 1978 he was in a severe car accident, and the vehicle rolled over. Mitchell’s ankle was broken, but from the looks of the car it should have been much worse than that. And in 2000 he was SHOT point-blank with a 9 mm gun. The doctor said, “You must have a reason for being here, because you should be dead!”
Then, he lost his son at only 15 years old. Mitchell didn’t say how his son died, but I can only imagine the deep grief that he must live with every day.
He has since been in another car accident, and had two quadruple heart bypass surgeries. Mitchell is still walking around on his own! He told me he stopped riding horses fifteen years ago, but he’s still going strong.
Mitchell lives on a meager disability income, yet he assures me that everything he needs comes to him. All he has to do is pray, and somehow it turns up. He has horses and cattle, and while we were talking he was looking at little calves outside his window. He said people must think he’s a millionaire, because he has so much. He even told me about his two trucks that are totally paid for.
And when he was in Phoenix, a young Mexican woman gave him her dog. It’s a registered pit bull, and she paid $1200 for him at a local pet store. She made sure to give him all the papers so he wouldn’t get in trouble for having him.
Mitchell now lives with a conscious awareness of our purpose in life…
When people ask him how he has so much, he answers “My blessings come from above. Can’t you see what God did for me?”
After hearing that, I was reminded of a 4-step process that is wonderful when you desire something:
1. have a clear mental picture of what it is that you want (make it as detailed as possible)
2. be 100% committed that you WILL have it
3. expect it (unwavering faith in spite of appearances and other people’s opinions)
4. express your deep and profound gratitude in advance
Experience the exhilaration of changing someone’s life. Take The “I AM a Gift to the World!” Challenge.
Gakina-awiiya (We are all related),
Terri Lynn TallTree
“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth and heal each other.” – Ojibwe prayer