Several months ago I e-mailed the Frito Lays company to just tell them how much their Nacho Cheese Doritos (or Red Chips in our house) meant to Camp. This tasty little treat became a daily dietary staple for him while he was sick. I do believe that Red Chips, bacon, Reese Cups and chocolate Pediasure are what kept the weight on him while receiving chemo. So, I just wanted to write the company and give them a “feel good” story about their product that maybe they hadn’t ever heard before.
In the e-mail I also told them about the Happy Camper race. I told them that we held the race on Camp’s birthday to celebrate him, but to also continue to raise awareness and money for research for childhood cancer. I told them that we serve Red Chips and a couple of other “non-traditional” race snacks because we like to serve some things that were his favorite and that we would have served at his birthday party.
In the letter I didn’t ask them for anything, just wanted to share our story. In the back of my mind I was thinking how great it might be if they did offer to donate some chips for the race, but it wasn’t expected. After waiting as long as I could in hopes that we might get a “chip gift” I finally called a local wholesaler yesterday and asked them if we could buy the Doritos from their company for the race. Of course they offered to donate them to us because we have such a great community, so in the end the need was met. While I was on the phone with our friend at that company, I told him about sending a letter to Frito Lays and that I received a nice e-mail in return, but that was about the end of it. I told him that it would have been so cool if they had offered to supply the chips for the race, but that didn’t happen so I contacted him. We talked about how you just have to “know the right people” at a big company like that to get a donation.
So, fast forward to today when I pulled up at my house…When I pulled in the driveway I saw two large cardboard boxes outside the garage. My first thought was “Oh geez, what have I ordered from Amazon and forgotten about?” But these boxes were big…surely I would have remembered ordering something that came in boxes that big. When I looked at the label on the top it said that it was from Plano, Texas…still nothing rang a bell. When I got inside to open the mystery package, there was a handwritten note and bags and bags of RED CHIPS! Wow! I didn’t even send them my address (which is scary) but so amazing that they found a way to get these chips to us!
After being shocked, my second thought was shame. The enemy immediately made me feel shame because I had called and asked for the donation of chips locally just yesterday. Today was the day we had set for the deadline for our committee to get in our sponsors, and I couldn’t have waited until today to see if the Lord would provide those chips.
Had I been impatient and not waited on the Lord…even in something as trivial as Doritos? This I something that isn’t necessary for a 5k, it’s just something special that we like to have as we remember Camp. Then the Lord reminded me…I never had any thought that they would come…I never even asked for them. So, then the Lord reminded me of another promise…He wants to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask for. The lesson to learn wasn’t that I hadn’t trusted that God would provide, He just wanted to show me what he was capable of and give us a DOUBLE blessing!
In the grand scheme of life, two boxes of individual bags of Doritos is pretty small, but for me today, it was pretty BIG. The Lord showed me that He can do what He wants to do without my help or my permission. He wanted me to do the leg work…write the e-mail and get a local sponsor…then he would provide an extra measure of blessing and send us a surprise. I am so thankful that I don’t understand the mind of God because he blows mine daily! The Day of the Doritos will go down in my memory bank as a special day and I will enjoy watching all of the people that come out to the Happy Camper munch on this snack that Camp enjoyed so much, even until the last few days he spent here on earth. Thank you Lord, and thank you FRITO LAY! You guys ROCK!
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21