I want to share this story about blessing complete strangers. The world we now live in can be a scary place where people pretend to care or want to help only so that they can profit from it or do you harm. It can also be a cold and self satisfying place where everyone seems to only be looking out for number one.
Scripture teaches us to bless others and to do acts of kindness. In Hebrew one of the words for kindness is CHeSeD which means: favor, good deeds, kindness, and mercy. Here is the story of how someone blessed a complete stranger, that stranger was me.
Avi and I worked outside a lot this past weekend and yesterday I had laundry and other chores to do. We were so busy that we didn’t take time to eat much all day. By 6 PM I was very hungry and feeling a little poorly because my blood sugar level was so low. We had decided to get cleaned up and go out to eat and then stop at the grocery store to get a few things on the way back home. As I was getting ready, Avi decided not to go because he was too tired.
I was disappointed because sometimes I get cabin fever – being home alone all week with no car. He encouraged me to go anyway so I finished up and went by myself. Once in town I decided to go to the Olive Garden to have soup and salad. They were crazy busy so I had to wait a while outside in the rain, wind and cold. Eventually, I was seated and able to eat my meal.
When I looked at my watch I realized that it was getting late and I wanted to stop at the grocery store on the way home. I was hoping that the server would come by soon with my check so that I could leave. Trying to give her a gentle signal that I was ready for my check, I got out my wallet and sat it on the table in plain view. Just then she zipped by and brought me another drink but no check and was gone. I waited. Later she zipped by again with those little mints they give you when you have paid your bill but no check. She was gone in a flash and I couldn’t stop her. Finally, as she was rushing by again, I stopped her and ask if I could have my check. Her response, “No.”
I was shocked and asked her why she would not give me my check. She replied, “Another patron has paid your check.” I looked at her in confusion and repeated what she had said only with a question mark at the end. She replied, “Yes your bill has been paid.” I couldn’t understand why someone would pay for my meal, so I asked her why they had done that. She told me she did not know. I asked her if she could tell me who had paid my bill and she indicated it was the couple sitting at the table across the aisle-way. Then, she said, “Ma’am, it’s paid so you are good to go. Have a nice night.”
As I looked to my right I could see a very young couple (early twenties) having dinner. Tears started to well up and spill down my cheeks. I turned to them and said, “You paid for my dinner?” The husband said, “Yes Ma’am we did.” I looked at them both sitting there with big smiles on their faces and asked, “Why did you do this?” Still smiling they both replied in unison, “Because we wanted to.” I asked why they would buy dinner for someone they didn’t even know, for a complete stranger. Here is what the husband said, “When I was growing up in Florida, my family usually only went out to eat at Cracker Barrel. While we were eating, as a family, we would choose someone in the restaurant who we would then pay for their dinner. My dad would let the server know that he was covering their check.” And so this young couple was carrying on that family tradition by blessing me with dinner. With tears streaming down my cheeks, I thanked them several times and left. I cried the whole way to the car, the whole way up the road to the grocery store and the whole way home. I asked the Father to bless this couple who had shown such kindness to me, a complete stranger.
In this crazy self absorbed world we live in, who does something like this for a complete stranger?
Who selflessly wants to make a difference in the lives of other people one dinner at a time?
In Matthew 25:37 -40 Yahshua said,
“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (KJV)
I realize that I could have paid for my own dinner. Today, I am not homeless or hungry or sick. However, I know that my Heavenly Father was blessing me and teaching me many things through this experience. I know that what this couple did for me, made a difference in my life and I will never be the same.
When was the last time you took the time and resources to bless a complete stranger?
What have you done today to bless someone else?
Heb 13:1-2 (KJV) reminds us,
“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
In His Love,