I’ve heard of others receiving this gift, but when it happens to you – well — it assures you that hope is alive and well.
Actually, two happenings in a matter of minutes caused great hopefulness to well up within us.
And to think it all happened because of oatmeal.
Just after 9 a.m. last Saturday morning, on our way home from Thanksgiving in the Cities, Jim and I stopped at McDonald’s in Monticello, Minn., for oatmeal. We LOVE McDonald’s fruit and maple oatmeal. If you haven’t had it you are missing out.
We spotted the golden arches from I-94, but before we even got to them something else drew our attention. Off the interstate and across the road from McDonald’s in this nice little city is Cornerstone Chevrolet. The dealership sports a huge electronic sign out front and what should be flashing in words big enough to read from a distance – but Bible verses!
There they were for passersby to see and serving as a shot of adrenalin for me.
As if that wasn’t enough.
We proceeded to McDonald’s drive-through and ordered oatmeal and coffee through the speaker. There were several cars in front of us so it took a while to get to the receiving window. When we did, a very merry young man poked his head out and announced, “The guy two cars in front of you paid for your order and for the car in front of you.”
Adding to the joy of our surprise was to see how excited the McDonald’s employee was to be the bearer of this news.
Like I said, I’ve heard of this happening to others but . . .
For a moment we were somewhat speechless and tears came to me. We were very appreciative of such a kind gesture by a total stranger. Someone did this for us?
We parked in McDonald’s lot at an angle so we could read the Bible verses across the street as we ate our oatmeal. I jotted them down on the back of a tissue box.
Here are the ones we saw:
- Romans 11:33: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
- Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
- Psalm 139: 2b-3: You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
- Isaiah 14:24 – The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.”
- Jeremiah 23:23-24 – “Am I only a God nearby and not a God far away?” declares the Lord. “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
- Revelation 1:8 – I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
- Proverbs 15:3 – The eyes of the Lord are every place, watching the evil and the good.
On that Saturday, the eyes of the Almighty saw the goodness of the people (he or she or they) who paid for our oatmeal and coffee. Their kindness has instilled in me the desire to drop a gift into every single Salvation Army kettle I pass this Christmas season.
On its website, Cornerstone Chevrolet states that it is a faith-based new Chevy and used car dealership. I called and spoke to Kathy Couch and Denise Bebo who tell me owner Scott Powell has been displaying Bible verses in this manner for quite some time. The verses, they added, receive many more positive comments than negative.
Another sign that hope springs eternal.