I was taking my grandson, Levi Jasper, to Mother’s Day Out at Farley Street Baptist Church last Monday morning. I got in line at the drive-through of a local fast food establishment to get his lunch - 6 piece chicken nuggets, fries, chocolate chip cookie, apple juice and a chocolate milk for a snack.
Just three cars before I approached the window, I made the terribly frustrating discovery that I had left my wallet at home. Embarrassed and humiliated, I asked if they would set my order aside while I went home to get my wallet. The young lady at the window handed me the juice, milk and sack lunch.
“No, no!” I said. “Let me go get my wallet.”
“No sir,” she said with a compassionate smile. “This is on us — just pay it forward.”
I couldn’t help but weep all the way to the Farley Street Mother’s Day Out because of such an act of kindness, and God’s overwhelming goodness shown through that act.
I won’t divulge the name of the establishment for two reasons: (1) I don’t want to abuse my privilege of having a column in the Daily Light by giving out free advertising, and (2) I don’t want to embolden anyone to try to prevail on the graciousness of such an establishment by gaming the system for a free meal.
But I will say that this establishment seems to have all the earmarks of one which operates on biblical principles. There is such an atmosphere of goodness and generosity, always demonstrating excellent and courteous service, and they honor the Lord by being closed on Sunday.
And let me add that if you know me, and know my car — and see me driving into this establishment next time, it might behoove you get behind me because I WILL pay it forward!