“What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”
Philip had been coming to this McDonalds to work away from home and office. He routinely ordered his coffee and occupied a booth for a while.
One day his habit was interrupted when he realized he had misplaced his laptop. He rushed back to McDonalds to see if anyone had turned in a laptop.
The clerk at the counter asked the shift manager to talk with Philip.
Victor, the shift manager, saw that Philip was upset and tried to help. He looked in all the places the laptop might have been left, in the lost and found, he even opened the safe to see if someone had placed it there. But the laptop wasn’t at McDonalds.
Before Philip called the police to report his missing laptop, Victor had offered a word of blessing to him. Philip was startled from his worry about the laptop and he and Victor began to talk.
By the time Philip left McDonalds that day, he had offered an invitation to Victor to come to a special event at his church. Not only that, but he offered to come to Victor’s house to pick him up.
That was a little over a year ago. The laptop has since been replaced, lost documents recovered, the worry and fear nothing but a distant memory. The missing laptop was a kind of burning bush for Philip that drew his attention to a remarkable young man behind the counter at McDonalds. He woke up to who he is and who Victor is and planted a seed.
Today Victor is leader of the middle school ministry at the church. Would anyone have dreamed that a lost-laptop-burning-bush and a seed planted would open the door to the start of a lifetime of ministry?
Well, I’m thinking God would dream such a thing.