What an interesting dinner Matt, Josh and I had on Friday evening. After Chris left for work, the boys and I headed into town (in other words, Bee Cave), since I still needed to complete a couple errands. We stopped at Taco Bell (I was out voted) and while Josh and I waited at our table for Matt to bring our tray of tasty (??) burritos, the lady sitting at the table behind us remarked what a nice family I had. (To tell you the truth, both my boys WERE well behaved and enjoyable that evening!)
As we got ready to leave, Josh and I went to the soda fountain for refills, and when I turned around, Matt was talking with this same person who sat behind us. As I approached them, the lady smiled and said that she could tell that we “were a Christian family; I can see the peace around you.” She appeared quite impressed with Matt, and after some conversation, asked my permission if she could pray for him.
I could definitely sense that this lady was most sincere; she had told us that she was waiting to go to a bible study (I saw her materials on the table), and that she found it such a privilege to pray for people. Matt also gave his permission and she clasped his right hand in both of hers and with an obvious gift of discernment, related to Matt his strengths and gave a blessing on him for his future.
She was quite accurate as she described his spirit. She related to him that he had a love for people and he will become a great leader like King David because of the love others will have for him. She encouraged him as a warrior, for he will have to stand up for what is right and make decisions that may not be popular with others.
I watched Matt’s face; he was entranced and deeply touched at this lady’s remarks. When she finished, we talked for a couple more moments and left the restaurant. When we got to the car, parked near the restaurant door, Matt said that he wanted to return a comment card because of the employee who fixed his order for him. He quickly finished the card and returned into the store to put the card in the box by the door. When he returned, he looked confused.
“Mom, when I went in to return that card, the lady was gone.”
“What do you mean, ‘gone’?”
“She was gone. All her stuff was gone from the table and it didn’t even look like she had been there. I didn’t see her leave, did you?”
No, we were parked by the door and I didn’t see her leave. There was no other door of the store where she could have exited without seeing her. Matt said that the table was empty, appeared wiped off and the chair pushed in. He had only been at the car about 30 seconds.
As we pulled out and drove away, we circled the building, but didn’t see her. Maybe she was in the restroom, but if so, she certainly moved very quickly to pack up her things after we left.
It was a moment in time that Matt is likely not to forget. He talked about it the rest of the evening.
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)