Recently, I was out of town on a spiritual getaway. I had not eaten much of anything all day, so I was very eager to find some good eating. I stopped at the first steak and seafood restaurant I saw and was shown to my seat. The waitress highly recommended the evening special which was a small steak and shrimp smothered in some kind of house sauce. The sides were mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes. I thought to myself this is going to be great, how can you go wrong with that order?
That is until my food was brought to my table. My steak appeared to be still alive when I knew I ordered it Well, Well done. The shrimp and steak appeared to be covered in a dish that I may not serve my dog. The taste of both of these items made me feel like I now knew what “Gravy Train” mixed with leftovers might taste like. The vegetables tasted like cold grass. The mashed potatoes tasted like someone forgot to mash or warm them. Finally, I asked for some bread. No joke, if my eyes were closed I would be certain that someone brought me some “Deer Jerky”.
All this to say, I told the waitress as nicely as I could that nothing on my plate tasted great, but it was not her fault. She actually looked like she could tear up any moment as she so wanted me to be a satisfied customer. I assured her that I would be fine and asked her to please bring me my bill. She brought it out with a smile and I noticed that she had given me a discount. As I signed the credit card receipt, I also took time to write these words which I inserted with my bill.
“Dear Waitress, Just want you to know that your service was great. Even though the food wasn’t. I totally appreciate you giving me a discount and your compassion towards me being satisfied. I’m so glad that even though life isn’t perfect, God still has perfect plan for each of us. In fact, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you says, the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God bless you and your future.” Sincerely, Pastor Craig Crosby.
The restaurant had many outside windows. I actually could see straight to the back. There was my waitress, showing this letter to one of the restaurant host, while smiling ear to ear. I realized that night that even though I didn’t like my meal, it was not a wasted night. God used my dissatisfaction to hopefully help that waitress discover an even greater satisfaction. I personally chalked it up as another divine moment that I could have easily missed if my only concern was my meal.
(John 10:10) Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. But, I have come so that you might have life to its fullest.” My friends, please don’t ever settle for less!