When it was just about time for dinner last night, Debbi called me to see something outside. She led both Ibrahim and I by the hand, blindfolded (well, with the promise that our eyes were closed) to a little spot just at the side of our house. Then we opened our eyes. It was unbelievable. A small table set for dinner with red roses, fireplace in an earthen stove, lighting and a love seat, under/ inside a bugenvellia bush. It was so beautiful! But we were still in for an even bigger surprise.
“Just sit down and enjoy it,” she said.” We will bring your starters in just a minute.” Daniel was ready with warm water, basin and towel for washing our hands.
What!? We were being served dinner. I had no idea this was coming . . .
The first course was guacamole, salsa puree, and freshly-baked whole wheat buns. Daniel was our ‘waiter.’ The main dish followed; unbelievably delicious and including all of our personal favorites. Debbi stayed in the kitchen, preparing the dishes, as Daniel continued to wait on us. “Is everything okay? What else could I bring for you?” He was so sweet and accommodating. Every time he came to fill the waiter role, we just had to laugh.
The funniest part was the ‘beverage selection.’ We typically don’t keep juices or sodas on hand. Realizing this, the list came confidently: “We could offer you tap water, filtered water, refrigerated water, hot water, hot water with lemon, hot water with honey, or a combination of the above,” he said, keeping a straight face.
After dishes were cleared and we were relaxing on the love seat, it was time for desert. That was frozen papaya sorbet for me, mixed fruit lassie (a popular yogurt drink) for Ibrahim, fresh strawberries, and chocolates! I haven’t been so full for a long, long time.
After clearing the table, Daniel came to spread the red rose petals and continued to stoke the fire.
We convinced them to join us, and sat enjoying the moonlight, the beauty, the company, the potential of our home (imagine if we would do this for honeymoon couples; could be quite good business!!) and the blessings of our loving heavenly Father that we had again experienced in one another. All so precious!