Sunday, August 19, 2012
It's a Sign
We drove by a small sign on the side of the road yesterday. Someone just stuck it in the ground next to a freeway off-ramp. The kind of sign that usually says, "Christmas Light Installation" or "Earn 30K+ Working From Home." But this one read, "Infant Care," and a phone number was provided for anyone interested.
My husband and I thought a minute and wondered how that would play out... "Hi, I've got this baby and could use a little help, where are you guys located?" And the childcare provider would ask, "First, how did you hear about us? Was it our breakdancing sign spinner or the lone sign by the freeway?"
Strange. Aren't we talking about infant care? This is serious business. Advertising this way is kind of like tacking up an ad for gynecological services at a car wash. Likewise, a cardboard sign stuck in the ground, right where I sometimes see a man holding a "Hungry Hungry Hippie" sign, just doesn't mesh with professional childcare services.
The whole thing seemed a little shady. But also really funny. Oh, the blogging possibilities! I even said, "I feel a blog coming on." And of course, Jeff responded with, "Does it hurt?" Such sass.
And then my Pollyanna-minded teenager chimed in (her Pollyanna moments come in spurts), "Well, it does look like a quality sign - maybe it's a good childcare facility after all?"
And get this, she continued with, "Sure it's in an odd place, but God is found in odd places, right? Jesus hung out with all kinds of weird people. If there was a sign with an arrow that said, 'Losers, this way.' He'd be the first to follow it."
And I'm thinking, "What a profound thought. Out of the mouths of babes! My blog is coming together so quickly. I could add so much to this..."
Then, before I could get an original thought in, my husband redeemed his earlier comment and said, "People respond to all kinds of signs... glitzy-glam signs, food-related signs, fortune-promising signs. But doesn't the Bible say something about how God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and the weak things of this world to shame the strong?"
What's happening? This is amazing! Such good stuff. This is the easiest blog I've ever written!
And I couldn't have said it all better myself. How freeing to know that, whatever it is we're lacking in - sophistication, education, charm, swagger, and... uh-hem, "business know-how" for the childcare providers out there - Jesus is happily drawn to us. (And not to get all Colin Firthy, but God also likes us, "Just as we are.")