This week I had a really bad day. It was sort of the culmination of a lot of bad days I had been trying to skip over. There was no skipping it this time. I was bummed. So much so that my husband knew there was nothing he could do to console me so he said, “Let’s go out for Mexican food.” I really didn’t feel like going but I knew he was right. I had to at least try to get cheered up. What I really wanted was to meet with and fellowship with other believers but since that was not an option, Mexican food would have to suffice. So we grabbed Josiah and piled into the car.
It quickly became apparent that Josiah was feeling even worse than I. He sees no reason to keep it to himself when he is sad so we listened to a litany of his woes and had faith that Mexican food would cure his sadness and mine at the same time. When we got to our frequented establishment we were surprised to see that they now had a singer every Wednesday night. I thought this could be very good or really annoying, depending on the skill of the musician.
We sat down and Arturo, the singer, proceeded to entertain the patrons. He wasn’t bad. We ordered our food and looked up to find Arturo at our table! He asked if he could sit down with us. We obliged, as much out of curiosity as anything else. He complimented us on our family and then said with a thick accent, “Your son is the most amazing thing that has happened in this place in four years.” Honestly, I was shocked, confused and curious all at once. He then looked at Josiah and said, “You must listen to me. God has amazing plans for you.” He then continued to speak to Josiah about God’s plans for him. I sat there with tears running down my cheeks thinking, “If you had any idea what this boy has been through…”
Josiah grinned and Arturo went off to dedicate a song to us. We ate our meal and then Josiah got up and danced to one of Arturo’s songs. The whole restaurant was smiling and applauding. Where there had been sadness and loneliness there was joy and laughter! Arturo was so pleased that he tipped Josiah! We waited at length for our check and finally the waiter came to tell us that our bill had already been paid. On our way out Arturo hugged and kissed us all and asked us to call him so we could get together for prayer!
We left that place completely different from how we entered, not because of the amazing powers of Mexican food, but because of the amazing power of God to bring His Kingdom anywhere His people are willing to let Him. That is how His true church operates!
7And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand!