Yours for the Taking
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One of my favorite things to do after an amazing church service is to meet up with friends and family for a meal. Sometimes we opt for a home-cooked meal and other times it’s a quick drive-through kind of day. When it’s a drive-through time, I can almost smell and taste my order while on the drive to the restaurant!
One evening, I decided to go to a popular chicken take-out place to order a quick bite to eat. There were two lanes open, and as I drove up in the line, an employee advised me that the person in front of me was the last order. It was close to closing time, so I’m sure she was tired and ready to end her shift. I get it, but the green lights were still on and I didn’t really think she was empowered to have the final say. At that point, I politely said thank you and drove around to the main window.
The manager was at the window. I asked if him if I could place an order, seeing as the drive-thru was still showing a green light. I began to tell him my experience of how I couldn’t make an order with the employee taking orders from the drive-through lane. He immediately asked what I would like to eat that evening, and I gave him my order. Now my senses were going off—I could smell the waffle fries, and already began thinking about how the food would taste so yummy!
The manager came back with my food and drink, and apologized for the inconvenience. I thanked him and pulled out my debit card to pay. Instead of accepting my payment, he said, “I will be taking care of your tab tonight, I want you to have a great evening!” After all that took place that night, the only way to respond was with a praise of thanksgiving! I chuckled and thanked God for His favor! I learned an important lesson, the more persistent I am, the more opportunities I’ll have to see the goodness of God in my life.
I believe that is how the Apostle Paul encouraged many of the churches in the New Testament. In Philippians, chapter 1, he told the church how much he prayed and thanked God for the love they showed him. They were known as a generous church who sought opportunities to bless him. He also proclaimed a blessing over them that they would have the opportunity to partake with him in God’s abundant supply.
Whether it’s our favorite order from a fast-food restaurant or a blessing needed for schooling or employment, etc., I believe God wants us to have it! We should be encouraged to always look for opportunities where God sees our faith and showers us with His favor!
I can’t help but reflect on that encounter at the drive-through and how I believe the Lord wants to do that and so much more for His children. Will you be bold enough to ask for you want? You will not be disappointed if you put your trust in the Lord!
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.” (Philippians 1:3-4, 6-7 NKJV)
Scripture is quoted from the Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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