FedEx Driver Senses Elderly Customer's Grief And Returns
Kristin Danley 1/18/2019
FedEx driver Amanda Riggan was tooling around town making her deliveries when she felt called by God to act. She didn't know just yet what she was supposed to be doing, but knew she needed to heed His gentle nudging.
Amanda has a servant's heart and through her mission project “Hungry Heroes" treats emergency workers and veterans to her delicious homemade barbecue just because. According to the Hungry Heroes' website, Amanda and the organization have been able to serve more than 600 heroes throughout York County and surrounding areas since it was founded in April 2018, so she's always open to His calling, but this time would be different.
This dedicated woman stopped at a home on her route to deliver two packages. The homeowner was at the mailbox, so she and Amanda began chatting as they both walked toward the house.
The holidays were over and Amanda asked if she had enjoyed them. Suddenly, as soon as the woman began to spill her story and the tears started to flow, Amanda knew she was right where she was supposed to be.
In a video she shared on Facebook, Amanda said the woman looked at her and with tears in her eyes confessed that "it wasn't good." Amanda felt that pull at her heartstrings.
"She said, ‘He's sick. My husband's sick. He has cancer,'" Amanda disclosed.
It felt like a punch to the gut when this complete stranger spilled her sorrows to Amanda. At first, she didn't know how to respond, so she changed the subject, finished the task at hand and went on about her day.
But as Amanda continued along her route, she could not push the woman's response out of her mind. She knew she had to go back.
“My heart’s pounding. I do probably 20 more stops and I have to go back,” Amanda said.
Even though returning to the pain-filled woman's home meant losing precious time on the clock, Amanda did it anyway. She knew this was God pushing her, compelling her to be his hands and feet and help someone in distress.
“I stopped what I was doing. I went back to that neighborhood and rang her doorbell,” Amanda said. “She came down the stairs, she had tears in her eyes when she saw it was me — she smiled, and I said ‘Ma'am can I pray with you?' And she just broke down. She came out on the front porch and squeezed me so tight."
The woman's grateful response proved to Amanda that her decision to turn around and go back to her home was exactly the right thing to do. Amanda shared her story on social media not to show everyone how truly awesome she is, but to encourage others to respond to those in need, too.
“I pray every day for the Lord to use me, but when He's trying to use you or when you feel that call, and that tug on your heartstrings, do you move your feet? Do you move?" she asked. "If you're praying for the Lord to help and to use you in people's situations, when He is giving you a chance, do it. Be sure you know what you're praying for when you're praying."
What a beautiful message Amanda has shared with everyone who will listen. As Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Amanda's video where she speaks with a servant's heart about this latest journey will hopefully inspires other to do the same.