Sunday, January 23, 2011

He's Pruning Me!

Family, God must be preparing me for something, because I've never had so many people take advantage of my kindness and attempt to push me to anger! I've had a couple of instances in the last few months (since God brought me out of the state of depression I was in for most of 2010) where either I got bad service at a restaraunt or got burned by someone taking advantage of my kindness.

We went to Chilli's on Lakeshore Pkwy in Birmingham/Homewood, AL tonight. I was with my wife Felicia, my God-sister Bridni Hunter and my best friend MC. We got to the table and our waiter said, "I'll be with yall in a minute." He came back about 5 minutes later and got our drink orders. He brought the drinks back and then walked off. He then came back about 5 more minutes and asked if we were ready to order. Before Felicia can get out two words of her order out, He left the table and didn't say what he was leaving for. Well, he went to get his tablet to write down the orders. (Should've had it anyway right, or said excuse me, let me get my tablet) I asked him about a different type of ranch that they had, and he looked puzzled and then just walked off without answering. So after he didn't come back for a while I saw a nice young man that works there named Patrick whom I had previously met. I asked Patrick about it, and he told me I was talking about the avacado ranch. I asked him if he could let our waiter know, and he said no problem. I had to go wash my hands. When I came back everyone at the table let me know that our waiter just sat the plate down and walked off. Well, the plate had 2 ranches, 1 blue cheese and a honey mustard. (none of which are avacado ranch) So we all thought that it bothered him a little that I asked him about something that was in his job description... CUSTOMER SERVICE. Oh yeah did I mention that MC and I's drink was still empty?... I politely went to the manager, and asked her if she would come to our table when she got the chance. She responded it'll be just a moment while I finish up something. Well that moment turned into about 15 minutes. I asked one of the other guys, who also had a bad attitude to go get her. So when she got to the table she started giving excuses as to what took her so long. Then when I went into why I wanted to talk to her, she kept interrupting me and trying to make light of the situation. She didn't really take to heart what I was saying until I mention 2 of her workers that I know. So then she says give me a minute while I rectify the situation. Guess what people... she never came back. While we were waiting on her, the waiter went and told all of his co-workers that we were complaining. So all of the co-workers started walking by our table looking down on us and stairing like we were a circus act or something. So by that time I can feel my temperature rising, and I suggested that we just leave. MC never got his to go box, so he had about 5 chicken fingers sitting on his plate along with 3 cheese sticks from Bridni's plate. So needless to say I will NEVER go back to Chilli's on Lakeshore Pkwy in Birmingham/Homewood, AL.

When MC and I got in the car, I begin to tell him that I think God is pruning me lately. Then on the way home I thought about Job. Job 1:8 Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." So as all these things are happening to me, I'm just thanking God for all He has, is and will do in my life. I know He is going to take me to a whole other level, so instead of getting sour... I will yet praise! The devil may keep trying to throw me curve balls, but guess what?.... God is my batting coach, so I know He will have me ready.

As always, I pray God will bless each and everyone of you spiritually, mentally, socially, physically and financially. I just ask that you pray the same for me. Jesus loves you and so do I!

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