There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch
We all know the famous saying, “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” The idea behind it, for all intents and purposes, is a good one – you have to work for what you get in this life. But over the last year, God has been taking us on a journey of trusting in His provision that has been changing the way I look at everything.
Many of us have read what Jesus said about not being anxious:
Do Not Be Anxious
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
- Matthew 6:25-33 (ESV)
It’s amazing how you can read something, and “know” it in your mind, but until you walk through the fire with God, it doesn’t really sink in. I have read that passage of Matthew dozens of times, heard it preached about dozens more, but did I really believe it? Was it real to me that God would feed me like the birds of the air and clothe me like the lilies of the field?
Most of my life was defined by that practical motto “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” Everything I had, had to be earned. You have to deserve what you get. You reap the benefits of life in proportion to your own hard work and preparation. That’s why it was so important what brand name college I got into, what company names were on my resume, what graduate school I completed, what top law firm I practiced at. But the problem with that cycle is that it takes God, and His limitlessness, completely out of the equation.
Over the past year, God has been taking my wife and I on a real God adventure. We are starting our own businesses in entertainment. It’s been so satisfying following our dreams, but also incredibly scary at the same time. We are living without a safety net, “walking on water” with Him as my wife says. What’s amazing is that in this time of temporary struggle, God has provided for us in so many miraculous ways, both big and small, that we’ve almost lost count. We are living on dreams and His favor alone.
This past Sunday, we were praying at our house church when our brother Thom led us in an exercise to hear God’s voice. One by one, he asked us what impressions or images we were receiving from the Holy Spirit. Each of went around in a circle and shared. Incredibly, both my wife and I saw the exact same thing! Green pastures and grassy green hills as far as the eye can see. We didn’t talk during the exercise at all, share ideas with one another, but Holy Spirit gave us the same identical message – that we were in a place where we will never go hungry and where we will have plenty to eat, all in the safety and provision of the Good Shepherd. This was incredibly comforting given this uncharted path we were walking.
The next day, we went to lunch in Downtown LA at one of our favorite places, Grand Central Market. There is a food vendor there named Eggslut that serves the best egg sandwiches in the city. As we were waiting in line for our order, the owner of the stall, a really nice guy that goes by the name “Blaze,” saw us waiting in line. We had gotten to know him over the past few years as their regular customer.
“I got you!” He yelled out across the room.
“What?” We said. We didn’t know what he meant.
“I got you!” He said again. “Don’t worry about it. Whatever you want. It’s on me today.”
This had never happened to us before here. We ordered our sandwiches. “You want extra bacon on that? Avocado? Fresh Orange Juice? Get whatever you want. I got you!” Blaze offered as he smiled at us. He pulled us out of the line and went right over to the prep station to put in our VIP order.
This made our day, and we couldn’t help but think about the green pastures God had revealed to us. We were so happy after eating our free lunch that we decided to walk around and see what was new at the Grand Central Market.
There was a new vendor called Bombo that was just getting ready to open. My wife makes fun of me because I always like to talk to strangers, and as I walked over to ask them what their stall was going to specialize in, I could feel her groaning that I was at it again.
“Hi, what are you guys going to serve here?” I asked. The girl at the counter was so friendly. She said her name was Adriana, that their specialty was seafood and that the next day they were going to have their soft opening. She invited us to come and eat whatever we want from their menu for free.
I couldn’t believe it. Not only did we get a free lunch today, but we got a free lunch for tomorrow as well!
The next day we returned, and Bombo let us order whatever we want from their menu. They ended up giving us $50 worth of free food, and even fed our friends CL and Thomas for free as well. All of us ate to our heart’s content and didn’t have to pay a cent. I found out that the chef of the restaurant, Mark Peel, was actually an influential and famous LA chef that used to be in the fine dining world. He was even on the Top Chef TV show.
The moral of the story is this. When times are tough, when you are trusting in the Lord to provide, He always responds. He proves Himself that His word is true. Food, clothing – the Father knows you need them all. God is ready to prove Himself to you that you do not need to be anxious, and that yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch. Not just today, but tomorrow as well, and served to you from the hands of a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He sees you from afar, and is calling out to you “I got you!”
Image Credit: Christina Lee