Our family began a 550-mile road trip to spend time with my dad. He was experiencing major surgery for colon and liver cancer. In driving through the state of Missouri, we discovered a leading restaurant and stopped there for lunch.
We entered the restaurant and a pleasant lady named Marcia (changed name) was our waitress. Marcia was a mature, modern lady with a vivacious personality. She requested our names and the reason we were traveling through Missouri.
We shared the details of my dad’s impending surgery and our destination. Marcia scooted off and mentioned she would return in a few minutes.
What happened was an absolute surprise.
Marcia returns to our table with a generous portion of select appetizers.
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We were blown away!
Then Marcia does the unpredictable. She says; may I pray over the food and your dad? And of course, we welcomed the prayer. Marcia shocks us further by crying while praying. The prayer was perfect, but the compassion was strikingly unusual. We had met Marcia just 10 minutes before.
Marcia took our lunch order and headed off to the kitchen and her other tables. The food arrives in a normal time and the lunch was great. The kind of food that southerners cherish.
The restaurant is best recognized for its succulent rolls and family atmosphere. They serve the rolls with flair and style — they throw them at you. It’s fun to catch a warm roll and to observe others that struggle to catch them.
Another surprise for our family.
When we went to pay the check (with free appetizers), and the kitchen staff carries out 12 complimentary cinnamon rolls (60.00 in value).
We were shocked again!
These were not just any cinnamon rolls. These were cinnamon rolls that Grandma would claim as hers. How could a cinnamon roll make such a big deal?
Marcia had singled us out and caused us to feel so significant.
Marcia is just the kind of individual you read about in blogs, right? An individual who makes the best of their life. The kind of person who creates memories for others and makes everyone around them better.
Well, the lunch was remarkable; the restaurant a novelty; the service was off the chain, but the waitress stole the day. Marcia is a picture of how God can utilize us in ordinary living.
Through the course of my dad’s illness, we saw Marcia on three occasions. Each time we encountered Marcia, she was full of life, generous, and compassionate.
Marcia is a fresh reminder that all of us have unique gifts and uncommon abilities.
Serving others doesn’t seem important, but God calls it greatness.
With the prestige of the restaurant, we were sure our lunch would be top-shelf. We also recognized the environment was worth the visit, but we never dreamed the waitress would be the difference.
Marcia is merely one person. She is a great reminder that one of us can cause a significant difference in the lives of others.
As she served us, she encouraged our family more than she knew. Marcia is an extraordinary asset to her organization and everybody around her.
Marcia reminded us that the greatest among us, is the servant of all.
As we pass through life, we must remind ourselves to be unforgotten we must produce something unforgettable.