Friday, May 10, 2013

A Blessing in Spilled Salad Dressing

Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. --Philippians 4:5

After church this past Sunday, hubby and I stopped at our regular Sunday brunch restaurant. We've been frequenting this place for years. After enjoying our meal, we prepared to leave. A busboy was cleaning the booth across from us and a waitress came by and grabbed my salad plate, which had a 2 oz. cup filled with salad dressing sitting on top. She shoved it into the cart without removing the dressing. The poor busboy had no idea what she'd done, and when he added dishes, my plate came sliding out and before I could react the salad dressing had spilled all over my skirt and shoe.

Oh, what a mess! I also had on a white (nylon) sweater and it, too, was splattered. The waitress went on her way oblivious to what had happened. The busboy was so apologetic. He began to wipe at my skirt with a wet rag and handed me a stack of napkins. I was soaked through to the skin with brown balsamic vinagrette dressing. I smelled like a walking salad! (grin) Poor kid looked so frightened and kept apologizing over and over.

I assured him it wasn't his fault. He probably thought I would complain to the manager when I went to the counter to pay. Many people would have done that. Perhaps I might have said something if my outfit had been an expensive one, but I don't purchase expensive clothing.

Our Pastor had just preached on the true meaning of blessings. When I look around, I see I am truly blessed because God has provided so much. But blessings aren't just accepting what God bestows. True blessings come from passing blessings on to others. Only then are we truly blessed.

We left the restaurant without saying a word about the accident, for it was not intentional. Accidents do happen. I put myself into the place of the busboy and the waitress. They work hard to make a living, and because of me, they have to work on Sunday! How could I then penalize them for my inconvenience?

I set my clothes to soak in Oxiclean. Perhaps they will be wearable again...or perhaps not. That doesn't matter, truly. What matters is that God presented an opportunity for me to be a blessing to someone else.

Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Matthew 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."


Caroline said...

Lovely, lovely post! Thanks again for writing these devotional posts.

Unknown said...

Thank you Carol Ann. This message blessed me.

Carol Ann said...

Thank you both for reading and commenting. I am blessed by sharing pieces of my life and how God speaks to me.