Whataburger wisdom

All I could think about was Whataburger. A number one combo, specifically: Hamburger no cheese, medium fries, real Coke. Oh, and two Whataburger ketchups (Why is theirs so much better than what’s in my fridge?)

But it was late, and I was home alone. PJ’s were on, make-up was off. Plus, I’m lazy. Very, very lazy. So, after pulling out a freezer-burned Lean Cuisine, I did what any normal slacker would do: Posted my woes on Facebook.

“I’ll pay you $50 to bring me a #1 Whataburger, real Coke. SO not kidding.”

Silly, right? Might as well joke about the craving. And it was a joke, I promise. 🙂 Now all I had to do was choke down that horrid Lean Cuisine and wait for witty replies. (My Facebook friends are f-u-n-n-y.)

You’ve probably guessed what happened next. Yep, the doorbell rang. And who/what I saw was completely unexpected, almost unbelievable.There, holding the coveted bag with orange stripes, stood Michelle. I could smell that burger before she said a word. I wanted to cry for joy, but there was no time—those fries are compromised at room temperature.

“Michelle!” I squealed. “You’ve GOT to be kidding! (Grabbing bag.) Who DOES this? (Munching fry.) “And I do not have fifty dollars.” (Slurping Coke.)

But Michelle didn’t want my money, not even five bucks for the meal. She just wanted to do something nice. To surprise me. To deliver, as my mom calls it, a “happy.” Then just like that, she waved goodbye, hopped into her car full of kiddies, and left me with my carbs.

Well, my carbs and something else. Michelle’s anything-but-random act of kindness stuck with me like a cheeseburger. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was shock (I’m not used to surprises). Or maybe there were lessons here—A little Whataburger wisdom, so to speak. It’s funny what the simplest things can reveal. In this case, they were quite the Biblical combo:

  1. Open up about your needs. Okay, so maybe not through Facebook, but God wants us to share difficulties with trustworthy friends. No “perfect” masks, please. We need to be real, exposing needs and asking the body of Christ to encourage, counsel, and pray. (See Prov, 11:14 and Eccl. 4:10.)
  2. Open the door to blessings. Beware of narrow focus—Doing nice things for a very small circle. Not a bad thing, but the circle can widen—or heck, even disappear. It might be out of your way or your comfort zone. It will take time. And it’s exactly what Jesus would do. (See Matt. 25:35-40 and Phil. 2:4.)
  3. Open your heart to love. God just plain loves you, no strings attached. Sometimes (okay, often) He plunks down a gift, simply because. Enjoy it. Thank Him for it. And know that when the favor of God shines upon you, it’s free and pure and beautiful. (See Deut. 7:13 and 1 John 3:1.)

Quite the happy meal, huh? Thank you, Michelle, for a simple act of kindness. It was delicious. 🙂 And thank you for the lessons. It’s always nice to savor–and share–the truth of God’s perfect plan, real purpose, and satisfying love.


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2 thoughts on “Whataburger wisdom

  1. Stacey Paden says:

    Oh Ava, my heart is wrapped in peace after reading this post. God has been oh so faithful to my family . . . . to me. Thank you for always being real! Your heart shines 🙂

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