Jesus at McDonald’s

Jan 17

**This was originally posted in November of last year. ย It is one of my favorites, so I offer it again. It’s a great reminder. ย I must tell you that I don’t set foot in McDonald’s without thinking about it. ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Carol

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.โ€™ย  Matthew 25:40 NIV

I just got back from McDonald’s, and Jesus was there.ย I know because he pushed me off of my stool.

Let me back up and tell you the whole story. My friend Carla called and invited me to meet her at McDonald’s to have lunch. I was planning a peanut butter and jelly on some dry bread; so, of course, I jumped at any excuse to sup on something more delicious. Yes, I do think McDonald’s qualifies as delicious – don’t be raising your brows at me.

Back to the story. Carla and I were eating in the play area and our girls were already playing. My daughter, Faith gobbled a few nuggets and ran. As we sat there, a woman came in with what looked like her grandchildren. She got them seated, then left to order food.

A few minutes later, she reappears with an overloaded tray full of the deliciousness that only McDonald’s can provide. Just as she was bringing her tray in for a landing, catastrophe struck! One of her little cups of ketchup, full to the top, went flying over the edge of her tray to splatter all over the floor, the trashcan several feet away, and her.

Friends, an expletive came flying out of her mouth that I dare not repeat. But it started with the same sound mother’s use to hush their kids in church. “Shhh!”

Did you catch the fact that we were in the play area? There were sets of tiny ears everywhere, not to mention the two sets that were sitting with her. Here comes the point where I knew that Jesus was there.

Carla and I made eye contact, and I mouthed “Did she just say what I think she said?” Carla confirmed it with a nod. As my mouth hung open and my eyebrows raised, Jesus pushed me off of my stool. “Grab your napkins. You have more than enough” I heard him say.

I stumbled (since I had been pushed, you see) over to this grandmother’s table. I picked up the guilty ketchup cup and tossed it in the trash. Then I knelt down to wipe up the ketchup from the floor.

It was from this kneeling position that I saw the ketchup on this woman’s feet (she had on flip flops) and pants. Funny how we can see so much more when we humble ourselves and get on our knees. “Oh, she’ll probably want to wipe that off herself” I thought and as soon as the thought came – it went.

And Jesus said, “Wipe her feet. I have washed your feet clean. Now you wipe hers.” And so with the crunchy, white McDonald’s napkins, I wiped this woman’s feet and pants clean.

The ketchup on her feet was only too close to resembling the blood on Christ’s feet as he hung on the cross – to die for me and this grandma with the “whoopsie” mouth. As I wiped her clean, Carla finished wiping the floor.

“My goodness, thank you.” The grandmother expressed her gratitude. Carla and I sat back down and cleaned up our own table as we readied to leave. As we walked out, the lady called after us, “Thank you again.” And she smiled. I smiled, too, because I knew Jesus had just used Carla and me to represent Him. What an honor.

I tell you this to let you know, friends, Jesus is everywhere – even at McDonald’s. Be sure you’re not too busy eating your Big Mac to hear him tell you to get off of your stool, ’cause He just might push you.

(For the P31 ladies – this is my own original story and has never been published anywhere other than on my blog. You have my permission to reproduce this in any form for your magazine, website, or any other media forms for your ministry. ย I do retain the original rights to the story. ย Thanks!)


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  • MaryLu Jan 17 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, wiped her feet. Jesus was bold that day wasn’t He?
    What a glorious word picture.

  • LAUREN at Faith Fuel- Jan 17 at 5:17 pm

    Great story!

  • BeccaGirl Jan 17 at 9:18 pm

    Hello there, I found your blog through the Proverbs 31 contest comments section. I just *had* to read this one! LOL

    I’d love for you to visit my post called ‘Share your prayer’ if you get a chance!

    Nice blog!!
    BeccA @ BeccA’s Buzz

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Jan 18 at 12:26 am

    I love this story! So glad you did this too!


  • Amy Wyatt Jan 18 at 10:52 pm

    I just love this post. You were “sloshing out Jesus” while she was sloshing out ketchup.
    You make me thirsty girl!

  • Celly B Jan 18 at 11:45 pm

    What an awesome story!

  • patjrsmom Jan 19 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I really enjoyed reading this story! Thanks for sharing it.

    God Bless,

  • Heather@Mommymonk Jan 19 at 5:35 pm

    What an awesome story of God allowing you to wash another’s feet. She probably won’t forget it (neither will you, right?)

  • Amy L Brooke Jan 20 at 3:42 am

    That was great! I love the way you right and thanks for reminding us that Jesus is even at McDonalds.

  • Julie Jan 20 at 8:38 pm

    What a precious story….I love it.


  • Miss Sandy Jan 20 at 9:32 pm

    This post made my heart sing! What an awesome opportunity you were given, no tonly were little ears within hearing, little eyes were within seeing!

    Miss Sandy

  • Julie Jan 21 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Thanks for visiting.


  • Vickie Jan 21 at 3:33 am

    What an awesome story and a great reflection of you being intuned to our Savior.

  • Lelia Chealey Jan 21 at 7:40 am

    May I be the first to congratulate you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome story—I love how God works. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Many Blessings~

  • Miss Sandy Jan 21 at 12:28 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! on the writing contest! I loved this story and I can’t wait to see it in print! Have a great day!

    Miss Sandy

  • Elisa @ Extravagant Grace Jan 21 at 12:54 pm

    What a great story! Congrats on winning the P31 contest! I’ve prayed for the winner’s words to be such that many would hear the Gospel. This indeed is an answer to prayer!

    Blessings, extravagantly!

    P.S. Thanks for posting the Faith Walking button! I think this is my first time to your blog, and so it tickled me to see you on this journey, too!

  • Amy L Brooke Jan 21 at 3:04 pm

    Congratulations! I am excited for you! This was so good.

  • Kim Jan 21 at 3:27 pm

    Awesome testimony! Humbling reminder!

  • Sarah Jan 21 at 3:47 pm

    Congrats!! It is wonderful to be reminded of how God can teach us through our children and experiences with them! In fact, I wonder sometimes if God’s sole purpose for my children was to hone my walk with Him — but then I know He has a plan for them too.
    Keep the inspirations coming!

  • Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) Jan 21 at 4:58 pm

    Wow. That was beautiful. I can only hope that when Jesus pushes me off my stool, I will do His will, instead of just laying there, face down on the floor of McDonalds! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Jan 21 at 5:06 pm

    I’m doing the happy dance for you right now!!! This is so awesome!

    See you Wednesday!

  • BrownEyedGirl-- Jan 21 at 5:23 pm

    Congratulations! I love your writing style! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tam Jan 21 at 5:59 pm

    YAY!!!! Congratulations for getting published with P31!!!

  • Julie Jan 21 at 6:10 pm

    It was a great story, and an even greater offering unto God and display of His love.

    It deserves to be published!!! I am so glad you won!!!


    You remind us in this story of what it is all about in this life that we live.

    Thanks for the beautiful story and reminder.

    Many blessings,

  • Rachel Jan 21 at 6:34 pm

    Awesome story.. I think I will remember this every time I eat at McDonald’s as well (which is probably more often that it should be!!!)

    Congratulations on winning!


  • carol @ I throw like a girl Jan 21 at 6:41 pm

    Just wanted to pop in to add my
    “Congratulations!” too!

  • Laura Jan 21 at 7:11 pm

    Congrats and great story!!

  • Beth Jan 21 at 7:47 pm

    Congrats! No wonder you were chosen ๐Ÿ™‚ Nicely done – I loved it!

  • Amy Bennett Jan 21 at 8:59 pm

    Congrats, that was great!

  • Dawn Ward Jan 22 at 2:07 am

    Congrats and LOVE the story! What a wonderful illustration of joining Him where He is working.


  • Jess Jan 22 at 7:30 pm

    i was SO excited when i saw you had won—you are one of my favorite, most encouraging bloggy friends. and it is obvious why this precious story was chosen–what an awesome reminder that He is everywhere and that He can use us everywhere…


  • Praise and Coffee Jan 22 at 11:07 pm

    Beautiful, I love this.


  • Heart of Wisdom Jan 24 at 12:43 pm

    I won;t go into McDonalds without remembering your story. Thanks for sharing.


  • Sprittibee Jan 27 at 8:59 pm

    That’s just awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ It reminds me of Beth Moore’s story about brushing the old man’s hair at the airport. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a tear jerker that was.

    It is amazing how God gets us out of our comfort zones and gives us these opportunities if we just open our eyes and ears to His whisper.

  • Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years Jan 28 at 12:01 am

    That was wonderful! Fun to read and inspiring too. I’m so glad I surfed over from Deedee’s.

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