Sometimes Before You Ask, You Know the Answer

October 11, 2023 –

I asked, “Are you a Christian?” She said, “Yes.” Before I asked, I knew the answer. Then why ask?

The cashier line at the restaurant where my wife and I had just eaten was short. As I waited to pay the bill, only one person was ahead of me. There were two cashiers, one training the other. It surprised me when the trainer asked me for my ticket before the young African-American lady ahead of me had completed her transaction. When the lady walked away, I stepped up to pay my bill. My second surprise happened when the cashier said, “You owe nothing.” Yes, the 20-something lady ahead of me paid my twenty-five-dollar dinner bill.

When I realized what had happened, I hurried out of the restaurant, looking for my benefactor. Only one car was backing out of its parking space. I approached the driver’s side to thank her for her thoughtfulness. After saying, “Thank you,” I asked her, are you a Christian? She said, “Yes.” I knew the answer before asking the question.

Today, I saw hope for America: a young African-American lady and an 80-year-old Caucasian male, one receiving a blessing, the other being blessed.