Last week I was able to serve on our food truck, Expanding the Table. I originally signed up to be a server but somehow I found myself standing in front of a griddle with a spatula in my hand. I had one set of instructions: make grilled cheese sandwiches until there were no more to make. Seems easy enough, right?
As you get to know me a little better, you’ll learn that there are certain adult things I don’t really do. Aside from making my bed, cooking is on that list. Being the confident individual I am, I’m sure I’d be great at cooking if I actually did it, but there is no part of my life that makes time for cooking prep and/or cleanup. I hardly even walk near the stove. You should also know that the only time I have ever made a grilled cheese sandwich is with a George Foreman grill. And by sandwich, I totally mean quesadilla.
Judging by the puzzled look on my face indicating “can make grilled cheese with griddle” was not on my resume, I also received, “put butter everywhere and flip the bread when it looks done on one side.” Right. Can do!
It wasn’t learning how to make grilled cheeses that weighed the most on me – it was the steady need for these gooey delights that piqued my interest. Apparently grilled cheese sandwiches are a hot commodity for our food truck guests. They’re able to be packaged and taken home in stacks. I’d even say they function as a treat.
Turns out, people look forward to these treats each week more than the other dishes. I had no idea they’d be such a hit, but it was an absolute honor to see the smiling faces of people who were told “yes” in a world that seems to be working against them. It was an honor to serve on a team that loves and continues to meet the needs of others so that they feel loved.
Generally, our food truck meals serve low-income families or people who are affected by homelessness. These sandwiches may be the only treat available to people during the week. Grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t expensive. They’re not complex and they weren’t the main course we were serving that night. They’re simple. Regardless, those who visit absolutely love them and they produce smiles.
There are so many simple things we can do to show people that we love them – and more importantly, that Jesus loves them. For some, it may only take a grilled cheese sandwich. For others, it may be as simple as a check-in phone call or text message. Let us remember that God is present even in the little things and the little things are making room for big things!