Something really awesome happened to me at work yesterday afternoon. Thursdays have been my least favorite day for a couple months now. Nothing against the day. Just what goes down. I work both as a barista and a voice teacher thursdays, which has rendered me a 9AM-9PM day. It’s pretty exhausting. However, this was my last week as an espresso specialist. Woot! I will, however, miss the access to free caffeine.
But that really has nothing to do with my story.
I was slaving away as a coffee wench, recovering from a horrid lunch rush when an older customer approached the register. I’m thinking he was probably in his late 40s or early 50s. I greeted him with a generic “Hello” followed by a “What can I get started for you?”
He responded with a smile and stated “Wow. Pretty Eyes.” I, of course, thanked him and got my sharpie ready to take his order. He asked for a medium iced mocha with almond milk and as I was counting back his change he said something that took me off guard.
“I’m sorry, but the Holy Spirit is whispering in my ear. He wants you to know that you’re going to be blessed.”
I was a bit dumbfounded because thats not something you typically hear while handing someone $1.55.
I responded with an awkward “Well, thank you,” but I was covered in goosebumps from my head to my toes and could definitely feel the presence of God in that downtown coffee shop.
“He says you can have His grace. Keep your eyes on Him and good things will come,” the man continued. “He loves you so much.”
I went to the espresso machine to start on his drink, feeling a little funny, but also like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. He was saying a few other things to me, but I couldn’t really hear due to the hustle and bustle of the grinder and oven dingings.
Once finishing his drink, I met him at the counter where he said, “You know, it’s funny. I wasn’t even in any need of caffeine today, but something told me to come here.”
That something was obviously the big guy upstairs.
“I really appreciate what you said, seriously. Thank you. I really needed to hear that.” It’s true. I really did. and I didn’t even know how much I needed to hear it, until I did.
It was then he almost started to cry which made me begin to get watery eyed. I could tell the co-worker to my right felt slightly uncomfortable. From a bystander’s point of view, he was probably like “what is happening right now? Chan is shedding tears with some old dude over a latte.”
I’ve heard stories of similar nature happening to people, but it’s never once happened to me. The holy spirit speaking thing, not the shedding tears with some old dude over a latte.
It’s funny how through God, we can be so connected with people we don’t even know. Never would I have ever thought I’d share a moment in God’s presence with a stranger while wearing an apron.
Short post, but definitely wanted to share. Forever will iced mochas symbolize a moment I will always remember!