God puts a deep love in your heart for others. Sometimes it happens at the strangest times at the most unexpected places… like the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a.
Elena and I had to run a few errands after I picked her up from school. Almost daily that sweet girl asks if we can get ice cream after school. (She has a sweet tooth like her daddy!) I don’t usually give into this request, but I thought today was a great day to treat her.
She was sitting in the front seat chatting with me as we sat third in line at the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a. The car that was ordering had pulled forward. The car in front of me did not move. We sat there for about 60 seconds so I tapped on my horn just to let her know. I wasn’t tapping out of frustration or a sense of hurriedness, it was more out of respect for the process of the drive-thru… keep it moving. (I am a process person.)
After my brief tap on the horn, the young girl in front of me looked up from her phone and promptly placed her middle finger high in the air outside of her window while shouting the explicative that accompanies that particular gesture.
What? I was so careful to tap! I didn’t want the person in front of me to think I was angry or upset. I just wanted to let them know, ‘hey, it’s your turn… yay!’
I got the middle finger.
I’m not sure if Elena knew what that meant but she heard the words the young girl yelled at me.
I immediately went into what Colton calls “mom mode”. When I get the opportunity to substitute teach, he tells me I talk to kids like a mom. I love kids and want the greatness God has placed in them to be called out so yes, I go into mom-mode.
After she moved up our windows were somewhat close due to the curvature of the drive-thru. I looked at her in the side mirror – I was so bummed! My heart was sad that she responded that way. I said out loud, “Sweetie, why did you do that? You didn’t have to do that.”
As I sat there waiting for my turn I just felt like God said to my heart, pay for her order. As I pulled to the box to order, again, pay for her order.
I ordered Elena’s ice cream and told the woman taking my order that I wanted to pay for the girl’s meal in front of me. As I watched her get her food and drink I saw her exchange some words and then hand money to the girl standing in the drive-thru.
My heart sank. I told Elena that made me sad because it didn’t appear she was going to let me pay for her order.
Elena and I pulled up to the window and the young girl begins to tell me that not only would she not let me pay for her order but she paid for mine. She told the girl standing in the window of the Chick-fil-a drive-thru to tell me she was having a bad day and that she was sorry.
As we pulled out of the drive-thru I looked at Elena and said… “Did you see that Elena? Did you see what God just did?” She just smiled her big beautiful smile.
I don’t know all that God is doing in that girl’s life but I feel like He allowed me to be a part of her story in some small way. When encounters like that happen (and they do frequently), I am just so grateful He allows me to be a part. It’s like giving someone a gift each and every time.
I asked Elena if she ever felt like God was speaking to her, encouraging her to do something or say something. She said no. I encouraged her with an overwhelmingly grateful heart… oh He will sweet girl… He will!
In a time where there is so much anger and hostility being thrown about, I pray that we will be seekers of peace. Love the girl in the drive-thru. We can love because He first love us.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1