Last week, I spent several days in the city of Indianapolis. During one of those days, a friend and I went to a place to eat lunch called Yatz. Yatz is a cajon food establishment known for their good food. There are several locations in the central Indiana area. Normally, I wouldn’t be writing about a food establishment here on the blog. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before. My experienced at Yatz changed my life, however, and I’m compelled to tell you about it.
Cash & I.O.U.’s Only
As my friend and I were walking into the restaurant, she looked at me and said,
“Oh, by the way, they only take cash or I.O.U. here”.
Yeah right. I laughed at her. I’ve been to the occasional ‘mom & pop’ establishment before that takes cash only (and this place was not one of those), but I’ve never heard of a place that takes ‘I.O.U.’s. Although I didn’t take my friend seriously, I took her seriously enough to ask the person behind the counter.
“Yup, cash and I.O.U.’s only”.
What? What kind of a place gives out I.O.U.’s? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I didn’t have any cash on me, so an I.O.U. it was going to be. I felt extreme embarrassment as the man took our order and handed me an I.O.U. ticket for $12.00. As I stood there with my mouth hanging open in astonishment, he simply grinned at me and walked away. I could tell that he had seen the expression on my face before many times.
As my friend and I sat down at a table to wait for our food, I couldn’t believe what had just occured. In a day and age in which most people pay with credit or debit cards, establishments that take only cash usually have signs indicating that. Not to mention, this was no mom & pop, or start up establishment. It is a well established restaurant with several locations. They don’t take credit / debit cards because they don’t want to. It also seems that they want to catch their customers off guard by not letting them know about their cash only policy. It’s like they actually want to give out I.O.U.’s to people! I’ve never seen anything like it from a business establishment.
When our food was brought out to us, I honestly had a hard time eating the jambalaya that I ordered. Was it right that I eat this heaping plate of food that I didn’t have the ability to pay for? A bit of fear and insecurity that I didn’t know was still in me rose to the surface.
Love will do that.
Before perfect love casts out fear, it first brings it to the surface. How did they know I was going to come back and pay them? They didn’t know me, nor did they take any of my personal information. They extended me total and complete trust. To be extended trust based on credit or history of the past is one thing, to be extended trust with no external reason or strings attached is quite another.
As I sat there and pondered all of this, I sensed the Lord speaking to my heart. Here are some statements that I heard:
“My love trusts. My love believes all things”.
“My trust (love) of you is not rooted in you externally, rather, my trust (love) is rooted in the source. I am the source and root of trust (love)”.
“Trust is a state of being”.
“My trust is not naive or gullable because it is rooted internally in my own being and not in you or others externally apart from me”.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and seeing. This restaurant was a small picture of what divine indweling trust (love) looks like. They extended radical trust toward their customers, not because of the customers behavior or history, but because of a culture of trust that came from within the restaurant itself.
Although my friend and I were only there for about 30-45 minutes, the culture of trust that existed within Yats restaurant was quite palpable and liberating to me personally. This kind of a place didn’t seem to fit within the world’s economic system.
Trust (love) is a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Precious saints, imagine for a moment a community of mothers and fathers, and brothers & sisters who radically trusted one another as a way of life. Imagine a lifestyle of trust that flowed from a revelation of Jesus Christ. Imagine the richness of relationships that could spring from a culture like this. The absence of fear that true indwelling divine trust brings would break the common familiar dams that keep us from deeply and intimately sharing life together in relationship with one another.
Brothers and sisters, I have great news for us today. We don’t have to wait any longer to deeply trust each other. We can trust one another right now. No, not because of our own trustworthiness, but because our trust is rooted in the source of trust (love) that dwells within. He is our trust. We simply extend that trust to one another directly from the source who is trust personified.
“She (Love) bears up under everything; believes the best in all; there is no limit to her hope, and never will she fall”. (1 Cor. 13:7, ISV)