Our family loves Chick fil-A! We always have. In fact I brought Grace lunch today and her request (even though not exactly convenient for mom) was Chick fil-A! I have good memories of picking up Chick fil-A for the kids on nights that Bill was out-of-town. We would find something on TV to watch while we ate! Those were good times!
Last Saturday, as we were headed back to Houston from Lake Conroe we stopped at a Chick fil-A for a quick bite. I noticed 2 ladies sitting in a booth reading their Bible and discussing a book. We ended up sitting near them and I could hear them discussing scripture …Jeremiah 29:11″For I know the plans I have for you..plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..” I was moved by the picture of these 2 women studying scripture in a public place. At some point while we were eating I felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit to say something to them. I wasn’t sure exactly what, but I knew I couldn’t walk out without some sort of communication with them. I became uncomfortable and as I got out of the booth, I just stood there.. all of a sudden, it was as if someone came from behind me and scooted me over to where they were seated. I stood there and just stared at them. I was waiting for one of them to look at me…It seemed like forever. Finally… nervously, I spoke! I told them that I was inspired by their faith and that the scripture they had read meant a lot to me. I told them that my family was trusting God for a future filled with HOPE…If you know me at all, you know that at this point tears are streaming down my face…So I asked one of the ladies if I could sit down. What you also have to know is that my husband and 11-year-old daughter have just walked past me to leave..I was certain I had completely embarrassed them by stopping and talking to complete strangers!!
I told them Warren’s story and how he was the most amazing young man. I told them how he loved Jesus and was unashamed of his faith. I shared with them that even in our suffering we were choosing to ‘Trust God’! (words Warren had written in his bible) One of the ladies had just recently become a Christian …over Thanksgiving! Before, I left we prayed together..strangers in a Chick fil-A!
My hands were still shaking, but at that point I don’t think it was my nerves, but the Holy Spirit in me, celebrating that Jesus was glorified in that moment!
Not every day since Warren went to Heaven has been a ‘Chick fil-A’ kind of day. Some days I cry so often and the pain is so great, that I can’t remember what a good day feels like. However, I never stop trusting Jesus..He is the only way I survive those days.. He keeps coming through for our family BIG TIME!!
Grace started back to school on Tuesday. We have been praying for her as she would have to face being there without her brother. We knew it wouldn’t be easy..and it wasn’t …but once again God showed up in a very real way for my sweet, brave girl!! We are praising Jesus, and giving Him all the glory! Jesus-Only Jesus!!
As we continue this journey we are keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…not our circumstances, the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2)
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen, is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.