The Husband has a new seasonal job in the snow removal industry. Every time it snows, he will be out shoveling and salting walks. We are so thankful for this new opportunity that God has provided. I have been nervous and anxious to see how this position will pan out. We had our first BIG snow event last week and the Husband pretty much worked for 3 1/2 days straight. (50+ hours)! At the end of that time, I thought it would be nice to take the family out to a restaurant to reconnect and reward my hard-working Beloved for his endless hours of exhausting work. Sit-down restaurants are a luxury that we can no longer afford, so this definitely would be a treat. "The Voice" (aka The Holy Spirit) tells me that I should take us to a Chinese buffet in a nearby town. I even called ahead to see how much this meal would cost me. Twenty-five dollars for the five of us felt like a lot at the moment, but I really wanted to honor my Husband in this way. So, off we went!
Everyone found something tasty to enjoy. I relished watching my son inhale several servings of mozzarella cheese sticks, inches and inches of gooey cheese hanging from his mouth. All the kids enjoyed multiple servings of ice cream. After all, we were celebrating!! Towards the end of the meal, the natives were getting restless. Sebastian was screeching about something; Tatiana was wandering near the table; Sienna was antsy. I noticed a lady at a nearby table watching us and could feel the embarrassment heat my face. I was sure that we were being a nuisance to her quiet meal. As I stood to go pay our bill, this lady approached me.
"Excuse me, how much was your bill?"
*looking surprised* Thirty dollars.
"I have twenty-five dollars here and my husband and I would like to pay your bill." [This the exact amount that I thought the bill would be based on my prior phone call.]
*gulp* Ok. Well....thank you. (I started crying at this point. I just couldn't believe this!)
"How about if I just take your bill and get the rest of the money for your check together? You just go along with your family and have a nice evening."
*choking out words* Thank you so much. Thank you so much! Have a....blessed holiday.
I was nearly dissolved into a puddle right there. As we left the restaurant, my kids just kept saying, "Mommy, why are you crying? WHY are you crying?" I tried to explain it to them, about how God provided for us through perfect strangers, but really, there are no words to do Him justice.
Even now, I sit here shaking my head in disbelief, tears welling in my eyes. I am so unworthy of His blessings.
And yet, He pours them out.
P.S. Feel free to share in the comments how He has provided for you lately!