Photo and Commentary ©2021 by Carolyn Howson
Friday, October 8, 2021
Wasn’t looking for it—just driving east on Bothell Way—when I saw this “just for fun” sign and broke into a good-natured laugh. A good laugh, actually. But that wasn’t the end of it for me. There is a potential barb there that could be taken by another driver as a put-down if “exercise” is not on their radar, and French fries are.
Is the sign sending only one message? Are there two messages and it’s up for debate as to what its intent is? We’ve all heard what we thought we heard, or heard what we wanted to hear, haven’t we? Miscommunication happens like that a lot, doesn’t it? To answer these questions, do we ask the message or the messenger? Is it there to confuse, entertain, challenge, or open a debate? What business would have put that up there?
The next day, with camera in hand, I went back to pursue who put up the sign. A single parking lot and insurance business perpendicular to the road was discovered. It was near closing time and three youngish women were just coming to the door to leave for the day. Upon inquiry about the sign, their faces lit up when asked about it. Turns out, they were the masterminds for using the sign space to bring a little cheer to passersby. Every week they come up with something new, clever, creative to share—for sharing’s sake. They are the source.
When Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth”? the fact of the matter is, he was looking at Truth. He had heard the truth from Jesus’ lips. Asking the question didn’t get him additional truth since Jesus said nothing more. He acted based on his lack of acceptance of truth.
The world right now is very confused by all the stuff swirling and boiling around us. Satan is capitalizing on that confusion. Jesus wants us to get His message of truth out there. Since it is a two-edged sword, it can penetrate that confusion bringing focus to what is true, acceptable and right. Jesus wants us to not be confused, misled, or miscommunicating anything. He wants us above the fray. Looking to Him, the author and finisher of our faith, let’s communicate THAT to our sin-sick world.