My Daughter Amy used to be a server at Cracker Barrel. All her co-workers and bosses loved her. She always had a cheery attitude, and they knew she loved Jesus. Amy made no qualms about praying when the need arose. Even at work.
One day when it was very busy, this man came into the restaurant. The hostess was very upset. He stunk, looked real ragged and dirty, and spoke NO ENGLISH at all. She wanted to ask him to leave, but that was not the policy at Cracker Barrel. As he waited to be seated, a few of the wait staff came up to seat people. When they saw the man, and smelled him, they said for her to NOT seat him in their station. They all said the same thing. Smelled, dirty and no English! Out of desperation, the hostess asked Amy if she would wait on him. When Amy asked why, the woman told her. Amy said: “Of course, I will!! You bring him to my station!!”
It upset Amy, but she tried not to let it show. Amy hated judgmental attitudes worse than thieves. The hostess brought the man to Amy’s station, and he waited for her. Amy came out of the kitchen with an order, smiled at the man, and said: “Be right there sir!” And delivered her food.
All the people were staring at this man. Amy was very confused! She went over to him, and asked him if he would like coffee. He said no, thank you, but tea? She said sure, and went to get it. (Keep in mind here folks, Amy understood him perfectly). She brought him his tea, and smiled. “Do you know what you want to order?” “Yes”, he said, and ordered his food.
When Amy went to bring it to the kitchen, the others were staring at her open-mouthed.
“How can you stand it?” They asked.
“Stand what?” Said Amy.
“The man is dirty, smelly and cannot even speak English. How did you know what he ordered? Do you speak his language or something?”
Amy just looked at them with a quizzical look, and got the order. She delivered it and started talking to the gentleman.
“So where are you from?”
He replied, “long way from here.”
“Have you been traveling long?” She asked.
“Yes”, he replied.
“Well”, she said. “I hope you like it here, and come back to visit me.”
He said he would love that. Amy went about her business. The man finished his meal, and left. Much to the happiness of the staff, and several customers. Later, one girl asked Amy how she was able to do that. Amy again was confused.
“Why? What do you mean?”
“That man”, she said. “He was so, So, Dirty!”
Amy pulled her and a few others aside. This was what she told them
“Look, I don’t know what your problem is. That man was very clean, handsome, and very well dressed. He spoke perfect English, and smelled like million-dollar cologne. He had a wonderful white linen shirt on. Beautiful tan linen pants, and the most expensive sandals I have ever seen. His hair was well clipped, and he SMELLED great!!! Now what is your problem people!!!”
They all looked at her, and said, “what is yours Amy? He was horrible.”
When Amy told me this, I knew she had seen an angel. Everyone saw him as they wanted to. However, Amy saw him, as God wanted them too.
Do not forget to entertain strangers. For it might well be an angel in disguise. This is a true story. Believe it or not!
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