The Young Man Who Felt God Led Him to Buy Milk and Led Him to a Family Who Needed It-



Summary of eRumor:

An unnamed young man is challenged at a Bible study about listening to and obeying the voice of God.  He wonders whether God still speaks to people today and tells God that he’s willing to listen and do his best to obey.   He feels an impression to stop and buy some milk.  After that, he feels led to drive to a certain areas of town and to give the milk to the people in a particular house.  He’s hesitant because it’s so late at night, but goes to the door, knocks, tells an unhappy-looking man at the door why he is there, and gives him the milk.  The man takes the milk, runs down the hallway talking loudly in Spanish, and later appears back at the door with tears in his eyes and says he and his wife were just praying for some way to get milk for their child.  The wife asks the man at the door if he is an angel because she had asked God to send an angel.

The Truth:

For those who believe in God performing miracles, this story is not hard to believe.  The problem, however, is that there are no names, dates, or places that would help give the story credibility.  The world is filled with people who have first-hand experiences of this nature, and those are the versions that need to be circulated, not ones that are written in a way that feels like fiction.  

If the story is true and anyone has information on it, we’ll appreciate it.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible Study.   The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord’s voice.  The young man couldn’t help but wonder, “Does God still speak to people?”  After service he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways.  It was about ten o’clock when the young man started driving home.   Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, “God…If you still speak to people speak to me.  I will listen. I will do my best to obey.”

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.  He shook his head and said out loud, “God is that you?” He didn’t get a reply and started on toward home.  But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.  The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn’t recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. “Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.”  It didn’t seem like too hard a test of obedience.  He could always use the milk. 

He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.  As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, “Turn down that street.”  This is crazy he thought and drove on past the intersection.  Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street.

At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh.  Half jokingly, he said out loud, “Okay,  God, I will.”  He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop.  He pulled over to the curb and looked around.  He was in semi-commercial area of town.  It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst of  neighborhoods either.  The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something, “Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.”  The young man looked at the house.  It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep.  He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.  “Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.”   Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk.

Finally, he opened the door, “Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk.  If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay.  I want to be obedient.  I guess that will count for something.  But if they don’t answer right away, I’m out of here.”

He walked across the street and rang the bell.  He could hear some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled out, “Who is it?  What do you want?”  Then the door opened before the young man could get away.  The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt.  He looked like he just got out of bed.   He had a strange look on his face and he didn’t seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep.  “What is it?”  The young man thrust out the gallon of  milk, “Here, I brought this to you.”

The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway speaking loudly in Spanish.  Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen.  The man was following her holding a baby.  The baby was crying.  The man had tears streaming down his face.  The man began speaking and half crying, “We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of  money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby.  I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.

His wife in the kitchen yelled out, “I asked him to send an Angel with some.  Are you an Angel?”

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man’s hand.  He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.  He knew that God still answers prayers.