I’ve heard the saying, “Pay It Forward” many times but until it happens to you, you never know the emotional joy that goes along with the actual act itself.
Texas Roadhouse is one of my favorite restaurants. For those who have already been there, you’ll understand my obsession with the buttery yeast rolls that melt in your mouth, crunchy delicious salad, tender well-done steaks and ribs that fall off the bone.
After church my fellow Darryl and I, decided we would have dinner at Texas Roadhouse. What’s so ironic is that we had just listened to my pastor, Pastor Rodney Cranford of First Baptist Church of Ridgewood Heights, deliver a sermon entitled, “I Am”. Pastor Cranford emphasized during his sermon that, “I am a child of the king and all he wants to do is bless you.” Needless to say, I left church feeling very uplifted.
As we pulled into the parking lot we noticed it was full. This was no surprise, because Texas Roadhouse is always packed. The food is just that good. To our surprise, once we got into the restaurant, it took about ten minutes to get a table.
We were seated in a very cozy corner section at a table that was easy for me to adjust my scooter. As I looked around, I saw four booths and one other table. The people around us all seemed to be enjoying their meals and Darryl and I were ready to partake in the joy, too.
When the waiter came, I ordered my usual, the sirloin and rib combo, baked potato and salad. Darryl followed ordering the ribeye and shrimp combo, loaded mashed potatoes and green beans. Our food arrived in about fifteen minutes and it was delicious. My brain always tricks my stomach into thinking I can finish all my food but I never do. I get a to-go box every time. Darryl on the other hand showed no mercy on his food. He can eat!
As we finished up our meal, we were baffled at how long it was taking the waiter to come check on us. He had been doing so well up to this point. When he finally did come, I asked him for box and Darryl asked if he would bring the check. The waiter then responded by telling Darryl and I the check had been taken care of. We both said, “Huh”? And the waiter once again gave us the same response. When we asked who picked up our check, the waiter said the person wanted to remain anonymous.
I still wonder who was kind of enough to pay our dinner tab? Could it have been the little old lady having dinner by herself or the couple in the booth across from us? Whoever it was, “THANK YOU.” Your kindness was very much appreciated and we will be paying it forward to someone in the near future. I sure do like being a child of the king because blessings are wonderful and appreciated. The world would be so much nicer if everyone “Paid It Forward.”