Yes, this really did happen and with perfect timing for Thanksgiving. There was recently a young waitress at a diner who was having a rough night. It all started with a table of older ladies who really should have lived life long enough to act kindly and be a good example, but they weren’t. They ordered very specific food that was not on the menu which the waitress meticulously wrote down. The mom-and-pop restaurant was fast-food-like which was part of the appeal, but that meant specialty items were not their forte. While the waitress was busily caring for a large party as well as her regular tables, the food was delivered to the group of ladies. They began complaining about the food and how this and that was not right. As it turns out, the kitchen made some minor mistakes, but they were blamed on the waitress. The waitress offered to correct the problems, but the offer was declined. Unbeknownst to the ladies, a friend of the waitress was sitting across from them. He was hearing every sharp word. The scene went on for a time until the friend had heard enough. He stopped the waitress and speaking loud enough for the ladies to hear, said, “I would like to pay for their meal because no one can complain about free food,” gesturing toward the unruly table. In shock and disbelief, the waitress didn’t know what to say; however, the ladies had plenty to say. They instantly protested and did not want the man to pay for their meal. Much to the waitress’ shock, the man said, “Well, it will soon be Thanksgiving and I think we need to be grateful for what we have.” The man got up to leave and paid his bill. What the older ladies did not know was that he paid for theirs, as well, while he was at the register. That was a Thanksgiving-time meal that will not soon be forgotten by all who were involved.
What a heroic act that most would not have been courageous enough to do. He defended his friend, the waitress. He loved her and had compassion for her. He was in disbelief that a slightly mis-made hamburger could ruin a customer’s night, crush the spirit of the innocent, and slander the unsuspecting.
And this is what God does for us. Even when you think no one cares, God does. Even if there is no one around to come to your rescue, God will. He’s watching silently and noticing every detail. He protects us from the bullies, pays the bill for the undeserving, and comforts us in our sadness and shock with His amazing love.
Happy Thanksgiving my brothers and sisters. May it be filled with more turkey and pumpkin pie than you can hold, the laughter of friends and family, and the peace and love of our Lord.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7