Let me preface this by saying I am still in absolute amazement of the way events unfolded this morning.
My wife and I have our normal schedules, she typically drops my little track stars off at daycare in the morning, I pick them up at night. Well today, things were different and we reversed the roles. Thus my morning departure was later than normal.
After dropping the bubbas off, I started my drive to work. Being Friday, specifically the first Friday of the month, I decided that I would grab a Starbucks coffee for my drive. Note I called out it was the first Friday of the month, well, a local radio station 98.5 KTIS has the Drive-through Difference where they promote paying for the person behind you, typically leaving a pre-printed note for the person behind to see. I had planned on doing this today to brighten someones day. I was only a mile away from Starbucks when they played a call from a lady, who had just gone to that same location, and they wouldn’t take the note, but allowed her to still pay for the person behind. I heard this, and my heart got hard and I, a little bitter, enough so that I was going to skip getting my coffee as a way of “sticking it to them.”
A few moments passed, and I decided, why not still go and be a blessing to someone, they may not have heard what happened. Why should that prevent me from possibly brightening someone elses day? I sat in line, ordered, got to the window, went to hand the girl my card, and heard her say “Oh.. the person ahead of you paid for yours and said have a great day.” I about melted at that point, but I continued to hand her my card, requesting that she runs it for the person behind me. As I pulled away from the window, my heart softened. Being so much later in the morning than normal, hearing the first caller, planning on doing this, changing my mind, then still going. All of these things lined up perfectly to put me in that exact spot, behind that car, to be on the receiving side. It was God’s way of saying, “Don’t worry, things happen. It is so much more than a piece of paper, it is learning to forgive and forget, to share with others, to be a blessing.”
As I sat on the interstate, I decided I wanted to call KTIS to share my experience. I was able to share it with Pam and Andy letting them know how this seemingly small act, completely revolutionized my day. One may think the story ends here, but there is more. I continued my drive, much slower than normal, and as I got almost to work, a song came on. It is called Overcomer by Mandisa, a song I heard for the first time this week and have been in love with since! It talks about no matter what situations you are in or have been through, you will conquer them, you will get past it. It came on just before they came on air to “share a Drive-through difference story.” As I pulled into the work parking lot, I heard them playing my call. I was not expecting to hear it, and it was only due to a completely shifted schedule which put me in line behind the car who changed my day!
Regardless of how small something may seem, in my case, it was a $2.41 Venti Black Pike’s Place coffee, that had a tremendous impact on me and my day, and hopefully others!