Have you ridden in a car without air-conditioning? Or driven a stick-shift?
I expect the latter more than the first unless you live in Alaska or the Great Northwest.
When I was dating Henry, his car didn’t have air because he bought it in North Carolina and compared to south Florida, well, I guess things were different then. It was also the last car we owned with vinyl seats and no a/c as husband and wife. Just sayin’ 😉
Those were the cars of my childhood and road trips were traveled on stretches of highways lined with billboards and cows and crops. Without technology to entertain my brother and me, daddy relied on alphabet and counting games.
The alphabet game was played by first choosing which side of the road would be yours. Then you collected letters, in order, from the billboards on your side of the road. First one to complete the alphabet won.
I doubt that had anything to do with my affinity for signs. The older and simpler the better.
I have photos of hand lettered poster board signs on road side stands, painted advertisements on the sides of buildings, a ragged piece of wood with faded letters. We saw a simple piece of 2×4 painted white with JESUS SAVES in red letters nailed to a tree on a very winding stretch of road in the mountains of North Carolina. Some signs are gone before I can grab the camera.
There is something about the order of text that appeals to my visual appetite. More, perhaps, are the words that call to action, to do something: Stop. Look. Watch. Taste. Or the words of proclamation and announcement like: JESUS SAVES
These are messages stated clearly, simply, speaking to the audience at large not knowing if or who will respond.
Is this not the way Jesus calls to us? Clearly? “Come to me”
Simply? “I will give you rest.”
His words, offered in a variety of translations to make clear to all. His words, offered in red letters to single them out. His words a sign, a call to action.
His words calling and giving woven together, his words written in red on a rugged piece of wood, now written on my heart.
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