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Topic: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW (05/02/19)
- TITLE: A Divine Appointment at McDonalds
By Laurie Staples
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On a recent morning, just as Bob was pulling into a McDonald’s, a woman in an old, battered car rudely cut in from of him. A tad aggravated, he parked in the spot right next to her. As he watched the woman get slowly out of her car, he jumped out and held the door for her. He said he felt a strange prompting to pay for her breakfast, and stood behind her in line.
When it was her turn to order she began, "I'll take ten egg, cheese, and ham biscuits, five breakfast burritos..."
Good grief! Maybe he’d IMAGINED the prompting. No, he thought, regardless of the cost, his gut told him he was MEANT to pick up the tab, and he did.
The woman was so overwhelmed she started crying. She told Bob her mother was dying and a slew of family members had shown up for breakfast. They were down to their last twenty dollars. He couldn’t possibly know how much his generosity meant to her.
Bob asked if she’d mind if he prayed with her. Right there in McDonalds, in the middle of a throng of customers waiting in line to order!
By the end of the prayer, Bob had tears in his eyes, too. They hugged goodbye and Bob drove to work filled with joy, so thankful he’d obeyed that still, small voice.
When he arrived at work, every employee’s card had been placed in a large bowl. They were going to pull out one card and give that person five hundred dollars. Whose card do you suppose they pulled out?
As Bob relayed the story to me, he wanted me to understand that the deepest joy came from the giving, the blessing of obedience. Winning the money was just icing on the cake.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
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