The weather here is finally feeling like fall. Last Saturday was so crisp, I wore a scarf and booties. I was in fall heaven.
However, there’s nothing like a reality check to bring you back down to earth.
Allow me to elaborate.
Last Saturday, after shooting my blog pictures in the rain ( I go to extreme lengths for my readers because I love you ), I headed on over to my absolute most favorite coffee shop in the whole world.
I ordered my fall regular, hot chocolate and a cinnamon chip scone, and sat down with my trusty laptop to get some work done. I’ve been taking website coding classes and I wanted to get in some review.
I sat down at a table by the window and got to work.
Let me pause here to say that on rainy days, coffee shops are like the favorite spot on earth. Every single one will be crammed to the gills with tourists, students, and regulars.
So, now that you have a picture of what it looked like inside, I shall continue.
I was in the middle of a project when I voice interrupted my html sentence.
‘Scuse me. I see that you are a party of one and I have a party of four and I would like to use your table. There are a dozen empty single seats around and you can sit there.’
I don’t think I’ve ever been more surprised or taken aback. I didn’t realize people actually did that sort of thing. I was brought up by my parents to be kind and respectful, and if you couldn’t find an empty seat, you stood up.
I simple looked at her and said ‘Okay’, gathered up my stuff and walked out. Unlike what she said, there wasn’t another empty seat in the whole place and I don’t think I could have stayed if there was.
If I had stayed, I wouldn’t have stopped staring at her and that would have been the wrong thing to do. As I stormed down the sidewalk, thinking of all the things I would have liked to have said to her, I passed my church and it made me stop and think.
If that young girl walked into my church on Sunday, what would she think if she saw me? Well, probably not anything seeing as I only said ‘okay’. But, If I had stayed and stared and possibly engaged, what kind of witness would that have been? She would, of course, have thought, ‘Yep another hypocritical Christian’.
So sometimes, we need a reality check. And sometimes, God uses a crowded coffee shop to do it.