In Exodus 17:8-13 there’s a story of perseverance in which the armies of Amalek and Israel fought with one another. Moses instructed Joshua to choose men personally to go and fight with him. The deal was that Moses had to lift his hands (in which he held his staff) above his head, raised and the Israelites would win. If he lowered them, the Israelites would lose. Short version of the story-Moses raised hands, he grew weary, Aaron and Hur each held one arm up, Joshua cleaned house with his sword and God facilitated the win.
Last week I was working a shift at Chili’s and the night came to a close. If you’ve never worked at a restaurant, here’s a look into what happens at the end of the night. It’s insane. The servers are taking care of their last tables while doing sidework (i.e. cleaning drink stations, salsa cooler, chip machine, trays, trivets, soup station, dessert station) and trying to clean their tables, all so they can roll two buckets of silverware before they can go home to their families or cats. All the while, the bartender is cleaning the bar, the bussers are taking out the trash, cleaning the bathrooms and bussing tables, and the kitchen is cleaning all the grills, fryers, bowls, utensils and well……it’s chaos.
I walked back to my manager’s office to cash out for the night and we begin talking about Jesus, life, Christianity, and the church. This is all fairly normal as the relationship I’ve developed with my boss has basically become a really great Q&A concerning the Gospel. My boss begins to tell me about his life and the things he’s going through with his family and work and basically let’s me know he’s broken. I assured him that we’re all broken and in need of Christ. I explained God’s sovereignty and how He’s way ahead of us and is already putting into place things in our lives to draw us closer to him. I shared 1 Peter 5:5 with him and explained the difficult process of how getting walked on glorifies God.
After talking I asked if I could pray with him. He said yes. So amidst the chaos of the restaurant closing, I laid hands on my boss and prayed for him.
God is moving in Orlando to redeem this city. God is using Crosspointe Church to reorient people to the gospel, and God is using simple servers at Chili’s to pray over their bosses prayers of healing and grace. This is all being facilitated by and through your prayers and your giving. Thank you for trusting God and supporting us.