So anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE LOVE LOVE hamburgers. Hands down my favorite food in the entire world. I probably cook one of the best steaks in the State of Texas – but burgers are still my favorite. I am starting to crave a burger as I sit here and type this…
If you read the story from the time that I might have met an angel, when that one guy from the church converted to being a vegan and we got a bunch of food – I was hanging out with that same vegan dude named Jason. The preacher of the church, a guy named Howard, was also there.
San Diego, circa 2007. We were going to one of the local colleges to do some out reach. Trying to recruit more people to the church building that we were part of. Before we went on campus, Jason says “hey, let’s stop and pray.” So Jason starts praying “dear Jesus, help us bring people to You, blah blah blah.”
But I’m hungry. I need some food! So my prayer was short and sweet. “Father, I ask you to bring me a hamburger.” That was it. We walked onto campus.
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God.’ ”
I don’t follow the old covenant, as we are in the new covenant. But back in Leviticus, this verse referred to farmers. Whenever they were harvesting, they were supposed to leave some of the outlying food available for the poor people to come and eat from it. God blessed you with an entire field of crop, so you were supposed to leave the outlying section to bless someone else. Just keep this in mind.
So as Jason and I walked onto the campus, guess what we discovered? It was free hamburger and hotdog day on campus. They were having a big event where you would come and check out the college, and they were providing lunch to everyone that was there checking out the college.
Jason looked at me and laughed. My prayer had already been answered, less than 60 seconds after walking onto campus. There was my free hamburger. But you know what else-they were also giving away free hotdogs. Something told me to get one, so I grabbed a hotdog and threw it on the plate. I went and sat down at the table, across from Howard. Instinctively, I knew that Howard wanted the hotdog, but I did not say anything to him yet. I just started eating my burger.
I think Howard must have eyeballed that hotdog 30 times in 60 seconds… Finally Howard says to me “can I have it?” I think I had barely even said yes when he grabbed it and had already scarfed down half of the hotdog. But that made me think about that verse in Leviticus. I have been blessed with a hamburger, and I threw a hotdog on the side of my plate not because I needed it, but because instinctively I had this feeling that I would be blessing someone else with it.