For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
Her name was Mushroom, and she was a hoot. The other morning on our way to a pastor’s conference, my wife Judy and I decided to eat at a Waffle House (WH). Now, I need to be honest and tell you that for no apparent reason, WH has never been on my list of places to eat. I think it probably is some sort of prejudice from my days as a teenager when I formed some sort of opinion (based on nothing, I am sure) that it wasn’t my kind of place. So, I very rarely, ever went. It has probably been 25 years since I ate at one. And, then just like that, there I was.
The WH was next door to our hotel where we stayed so it made logical sense. We made our way through the flower bed and into the WH parking lot and right into the front door. It was a “sit where you want” kinda place and we found a booth in the corner. A few minutes later, Mushroom came over to serve us. I’m not sure the 26 letters in our English alphabet can adequately describe her…but let me try. She was funny. There you go—that’s all you need to know. If you get Grits with a picture (some don’t) that is her in the picture, (yes, we have her permission). The mask she is wearing is supposed to be Santa Claus but I’m not sure there was a likeness.
As she asks what we want to drink and, in the process, Judy and I strike up a conversation with her. So, Judy said something like, “How are you doing?” Mushroom (and yes that was her name) said she was having a real bad morning. One of us asked her why and she indicated that she had had a really, bad dream the night before. Well, I just asked her, “What kind of dream did you have?” And she said, “Well, I dreamed I was in a muffler shop and I woke up exhausted.” Right there on the spot, two things happened. One, I died laughing (I love corny jokes) and two, I liked Mushroom and started liking WH.
Well, everything she said from that point on was corny. She turned our order in and then would occasionally stop by and make us laugh again. I asked her about her name, and she said it was indeed Mushroom. I’m not sure if it was her given name, or one she picked but it sure seemed to fit. She went on to say that she had a twin brother named Rick (I assume it was another joke, but it wasn’t) and he was a pastor and very sick with COVID. She asked us to pray for him and I told her we would when we blessed the food.
She stopped by again a little later and she shared she liked to sing and then right there and then, she broke into an old hymn which Judy and I quickly recognized. Mushroom turned out to be the highlight of our day. She was a breath of fresh air in a world that has forgotten how to breathe. Oh, and by the way, the food was awesome. Eggs, sunny side up, awesome grits swimming in butter, salt and pepper, three strips of soft bacon and, of course, a waffle (with sugar free syrup, thank you) and it was just plain ole good.
So that day I believe I learned a couple of good lessons. First, don’t let an old, unfounded prejudice keep you from trying something like WH. If I had, I would have missed meeting Mushroom and I would have missed a good breakfast. Second, there are a lot of great people out in the world and Mushroom was one of those. While I didn’t ask her directly (or did I?), Mushroom was a sister that I had not yet met, and I was glad that we bumped into each other. I’m a fan of that verse in the Bible where Paul reminds us that we are created by God and that we are masterpieces of His, created to do the good works that He has planned for us.
Not all masterpieces look alike. Some look like the Mona Lisa and some look like a Picasso on a not so good day. Regardless, God is fond of His kids…very fond. We all know the verse—the one that says He loved the world enough to send His Son to a Roman cross. I am always amazed about that measure of love—totally undeserved and unwarranted. And I’m glad that God didn’t make everyone just like me, or you for that matter. I’m glad He put a few Mushrooms in the mix because they sure make life interesting. As you journey today, keep your eye out just in case God decides to send someone special your way. I’m glad He and Mushroom have a sense of humor because we all need a good laugh. Even in a difficult world, we can find a reason to sing, and laugh because…He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne