In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a homeless traveler walked into a Chick-fil-A restaurant looking for leftover scraps. While he expected at best to get some overcooked food that they may be discarding or leftover bits, he ended up getting a whole lot more.
Inside was a father and a daughter who were having a meal together. They observed what happened between the homeless drifter and the manager of the restaurant.
Joey Mustain was the father who ended up posting the story to social media after they finished their meal and went home.
Here’s what he wrote:
“I took Stella to Chick-fil-A today. It’s our normal daddy-daughter spot. It’s clean, so good, and the playground has a tractor beam on her the moment she sees it.
When we finished eating and she’d worked up her dessert appetite playing with the other kids, we went back to trade in her toy for ice cream. She wanted to sit at a table to eat the cone (something we usually do in the truck), and I’m so glad she did.
We took a booth right next to the spot where you wait for your drink to be ‘refreshed,’ and we had a front-row seat to this beautiful scene: a homeless traveler had walked in and asked if they had any extra food.
Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled shoes.
His hair was matted, and his beard wasn’t a statement as much as it was a necessity and a sign that he doesn’t get to shave as often as most of us do.
People near him kept their distance, but that didn’t stop him from being kind. He spoke to people who reluctantly spoke back, and he smiled while he waited on a manager.”
Nothing seemed to faze the well-mannered traveler.
It was then that the manager came up to the traveler. Not knowing what to expect, the father soon became shocked at what went down.
“All I could pick up on of the conversation was the manager saying that he’d love to give him a full, warm meal. Not just scraps or extras.
The only thing he required was that the man let him pray with him.
After the homeless man agreed, there was no waiting for things to die down, there was no scooting anyone to the side.
As busy as they were, the manager stopped then and there, laid his hand on the man, and proceeded to pray.
I heard love in that prayer. The homeless man wasn’t some untouchable stain on business. He was the reason that store opened its doors this morning (or any morning).
I asked Stella to watch and she stared. She asked what was happening and when I told her, she bowed her head, too.
I realized then and there that Chick-fil-A doesn’t simply do business for profits, they truly use business to minister….
I love teaching my daughter life lessons, and I also love being there to watch other Christians teach her life lessons. Thank you, Chick-fil-A, for taking care of the latter today.”
What you would usually expect in a situation like this is management quickly and swiftly throwing out a drifter with no money, no matter how polite they are. This manager didn’t hesitate to do something very different. He went the positive route and because of it he inspired a father, a daughter, and many more who will end up reading about this unique encounter.
Let this serve as inspiration for ideas on how you can contribute to those in need. Weather will soon be changing and conditions will become more difficult for those without homes, and those who are on the road.