Okay, so you know how I believe that my workplace is my ministry? I was so blessed and encouraged when it became a place where I am ministered to.
The other day I went into work sort of flustered and feeling a bit crabby. Well, we get totally slammed and I just want to cry. I go to the back where I have a party of five and take them their 5 waters with lemons. They place their orders, and the man on the right looks at me. "I have two questions for you... 1 does the Greek salad come with dressing?"
"Yes, it comes with oil and vinegar."
"2 is there anything that you would like prayer for?"
I almost fell on the floor. I had tables everywhere, the place was swarming and this table, in my section wanted to pray for ME!
"Yes!!! As a matter of fact, I do."
I proceeded to explain to them my decision to study linguistics and ancient languages and how I was feeling overwhelmed and I didn't really know what the Lord has for me in the area of Bible Translation. (I had a meeting with an adviser earlier that day)
... I ran and got their salads, and I found no new tables and none of my other tables needing anything! (Very rare) I went back to the table and they all put their hands on me after they asked me if they could. All 5 of them prayed for me right there in the restaurant as I stood over their table. They prayed for school, guidance, finances, that the Holy Spirit would anoint and guide me, and that I would remain strong in the faith. What an encouragement. I don't know why I'm so amazed at the way the Holy Spirit works, but I am! He is amazing! They left and I ran to the front giving them the bill and a quick note of thanks. I went back to work and saw that they had left me a $26 tip. I don't know what the Lord was thinking, or what he fully intended, but the encouragement and comfort they left me is indescribable. It also convicted me and my attitude at work. What am I there for?
Later that night, I had another opportunity to talk with a grandfather of one of my co-workers... a believer! He spoke of his evangelism opportunities and encouraged me to be in the word and pray everyday, promising to pray for ME!
"Thank you, LORD!"