For those of you that don’t know, I work in the fast food industry. It’s awesome! I genuinely love where I work, and I love the people I get to work with; they’re just absolutely a blast, even when you’re having a bad day. But that has all together nothing to do with what I’m talking about! It is merely the setting for what I’m telling you today.
At my restaurant, there is a position called “window”. While you work the window, all you have to do is make sure the right person gets the right food and then pays for it. It’s quite simple, but it can be quite fast pace sometimes just like everything at the restaurant. Which is perfect, I love fast; however, you are constantly reaching out of the window and back in to the window. Needless to say, it’s not my most favorite position so I wasn’t thrilled when I found out that I was working 7 hours straight on window.
Little did I know, the Lord would wreck that mindset. I prayed before I began to work that the Lord would allow me to make an impact on those around me right where I am. When you pray for opportunities like that, he will deliver.
One of the cool things about “window” though is that you seriously get the opportunity to talk to hundreds of people in one shift! When I say hundreds, I mean hundreds.
When I work window, I generally get into a “rhythm” where I have people in-and-out as fast as possible; however, with the next car pulling up to the window, my rhythm was broken.
I looked to the driver’s seat and began repeating the guest’s order back to them. When I looked into the car window, I saw a woman, quiet, timid, and with puffy eyes; it was apparent that she had been crying recently. Instantly, my heart broke for this woman. Then I looked to the back seat since all the windows in the vehicle were down. In the back seat there was a young girl that gave the same appearance as the woman up front.
I didn’t know what had been going on in their lives, but I started speaking encouragement to them through the drive through window. I then asked the woman if I could pray for her and her daughter. She said yes, so I leaned out the window and prayed for her then she drove off.
The Lord then convicted me. I had been disappointed to be working the position I was that day because I forgot that God has a purpose for everything that happens. I forgot that I had been sent to work that day.
I say all this to you to remind you that we have a purpose everywhere we go, and unless we are focused on Christ and eternity through it all, we will miss an opportunity to share the light of Jesus. Take advantage of every opportunity that the Lord has graciously set before you!