Thursday, February 17, 2011

When fries inspire a praise and worship session


I ended up staying in town last night until 8:00-ish... long past the time I'm suppose to have dinner.  So, isn't that an excuse for fast food?  My nutritionist would tell me I should have taken my book to a sit-down restaurant with healthy food but the three dollars in my pocket screamed McDonald's One Dollar Menu.  Guess who won?

I waited in the long drive-thru line, gave the nice guy three ones and a penny and waited for change, and then waited until a bag was given to me by a young girl who warned me the french fries were hot.  They do that sort of thing ever since that lawsuit because their coffee was... get this... you won't believe it... their coffee was hot.

I pulled over to a quiet place in their parking lot to give myself an insulin shot so I could ingest said food and then... took my first bite of those fries.  Oh, my... yum... and I gave God a very heartfelt thanks for McDonald's hot french fries.  Hmmm... perhaps I shouldn't have written heart and fries in the same sentence... don't want to give my body any ideas... better stop to take a baby aspirin.

But I digress... there are just times when McDonald's fries and a McDouble are absolutely insanely delicious.  Perhaps it is because I don't eat fast food often.  I don't know, it may have had something to do with driving dark country roads with one hand while the other goes in and out of a paper sack.  Perhaps the fact it was two hours past dinner time and I was starving.  Most likely... all the above.

But here I was driving and thanking God and eating and thanking God and turning my bright lights on and off as a car came toward me on the narrow, dark road.  Kinda' reminds me when I drove a stick shift as a teenager and ate a Whopper at the same time... a girl had to do what a girl had to do when she left high school for an afternoon job each day.  But I digress again...

As I was driving, Amy Grant's song Better than a Hallelujah started playing on K-Love.  Perfect timing!  I think God loves praise any time we give it to him as well as a thankful heart.  Even if it is inspired by potatoes.

By the time I arrived home, the empty sack was thrown in the tall kitchen trash container where (hopefully) the aroma of burger was gone before the guys arrived home.  They were given basketball tickets to a big game (although every game is considered big if you ask me).

I turned on the TV to the station carrying the game so I could 1) see when they would be leaving for home and 2) get an immediate response to whether their mood would be good or... not.

No mention was made of any aromas wafting from the trash later... a good thing.

21 comments:

Heather L. said...

I agree with you!!! Mostly because it is a rare treat too.

Monique Elisabeth said...

That sounds so great. It's a real treat when you don't eat it very often.
I hope the game turned out good ??
Have a great day.

Dawn said...

I can relate as we live about 1/2 hr away from the nearest fast food place. McDonald's, Arby's and Tim Horton's are a very rare treat so when we do get to imbibe it is almost heavenly..Oh bother, now I am craving french fries!!! He He..thanks for sharing this little slice of life..good to know I am not the only one who is thankful for the little things!!

freetobeme - Anita said...

Thanks for this post! It proves you are human! I, also, once in a great while, indulge in a snack at McDonalds. Thanks for sharing.

Vee said...

Yes, yes, yes. Sometimes nothing else will do no matter how much or how little is in the pocket. I have been known to hide those tell tale bags myself, but then I just found a Snickers bar wrapper in my darling's coat pocket so I think it works both ways. Fun post!

Anonymous said...

I got a chuckle at this post. I enjoy McDonalds food even though I am sure it is not the healthiest for my body.

Glad you enjoyed your fries! :)

Lori

moreofhim said...

Your title definitely captured my attention! Fries and praise and worship in the same sentence...but it's so true! Like you, I don't do fast food often, but there's something comforting about the McD fries...childhood and comfort all rolled up in one. I love that you always remind us to be thankful and feel blessed through all situations!

God bless you - Julie

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Mmmmmmmmm..........Yep, I completely understand how really hot, fresh McDonald's fries can bring on such gratitude. God is the giver of all good gifts, even french fries! Thanks for sharing this, Brenda.

Andi said...

This post reminds me of what my grandma once said when we were eating McDonald's fries, "The Lord really knew what He was doing when He invented the spud, didn't He?" :)

Shanna said...

And I'm sure God was delighted because you were delighted...after all, He is the giver of good gifts both large & small and loves to receive our "thank-you" offerings! {Eucharisteo...my word for 2011}

Jayne said...

You're making me feel hungry! Sometimes fast food really hits the spot!

matty said...

Holy cow! I love the fries when they are hot... and not when they are not! LOL

Morning's Minion said...

We seldom do fast food for a variety of reasons, but I have to agree that once in a great while there is just something about a packet of McDonald's fries--the first few bites are blissful.

Mrs.Rabe said...

But you didn't tell us if your guys were happy with the outcome of the game or not!

Oh, and I am a french fry lover! Yummy, hot and salty!

Christina said...

I know what you mean about McDonald's sounding fabulous. I'm currently into their Spicy Chipotle grilled snack wraps. :p

Better Than A Hallelujah is also one of my favorite songs. Unfortunately, my sister doesn't like it so I can only sing it when I'm not at home (which is quite often, sadly).

Isn't this weather beautiful?!?! I am so excited and energized!! :D

Terri said...

There is just nothing like McDonalds hot french fries!! Sometimes I admit I do the same thing.... I just gotta' have em!! and yes.... surely He smiles at our remembrance of praise to Him!!! Even at McDonalds!!!! Hope the guys came home in a good mood!!!! Terri

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Love this post, Brenda! Sometimes I get a big craving for McDonald's fries. As a clerk once said to me about a slice of cheesecake I was purchasing, sometimes just the right comfort food is like medicine for the spirit. Bess

jackie said...

i can totally relate to all of the comments about McD's fries! Sometimes they just hit the spot. i have also been reminded how good their regular sized-no frills hamburger is. Simple pleasures! :-)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

true, true, true...and that song is just wonderful! Sometimes fast food is just a wonderful simple pleasure

Lallee said...

The 'heartfelt' thank you really sums it up. I think those are the occasions that must make God beam like a father.

Lallee said...

One more thought with the last one--this post didn't leave me craving MacDonalds fries, it left me craving HIM. Perfect, Brenda.