Have you ever noticed how inundated we are with signs? I made a point this morning of counting how many signs I saw on my daily six-mile roundtrip to a local coffee place; I lost count somewhere around two hundred. (Plus, I was starting to get a little dizzy!) And that’s not even counting two or more signs on one post, posts with just numbers, or even street signs. And I live in a rural area! I can’t even imagine how many signs one must see on a daily city commute.
I have always gotten a kick out of funny signs…especially when that wasn’t their intent. For instance, the sign leading into our local cemetery reads: “Enter Only – One Way.” Or how about the one at an entrance to a local fruit stand, which reads: “Apples and Bananas – Enter Here.” I took it to mean that all other fruit had to enter a different way…
How about the “shake-your-head” signs, such as the ones I’ve seen in restroom stalls lately reminding you not to throw toilet tissue on the floor. (Really? We need a sign to tell us that? The keyword here being “toilet” tissue.) Oh, I know that common sense is not as common as it used to be, but still… Another example along that same genre is a sign I saw above a swimming pool on a recent trip that stated: “No One with Diarrhea Allowed in Pool.” (Hmm, good to know, but I’m not sure how you go about enforcing that.)
Now, lest we travel too far down the potty humor road, let’s move on to some other inter- esting signs that I have noticed lately. Even foot (and, yes, horse) traffic are not immune. Although I travel the same road daily, I just recently noticed some of the signs along a hiking/horse trail that parallels the main road in our community. One of them states “Bridge Ahead” which seems a little superfluous to me. I mean, as you are walking along, it’s perfectly obvious there’s a little footbridge ahead, and it’s not as though you have to do anything differently as you approach, e.g., stop and salute, or dance across it. Further, I figure if you can’t see the bridge, chances are you can’t see the little sign. A little further down the trail is a sign that reads: “Trail Narrows.” Again, nice to know, but I haven’t noticed anyone who was walking along having to “shift into lower gear” to continue on their way.
One of my favorite examples of sign mania, though, relates to a recent road trip, where I saw four consecutive signs about “do’s and don’ts” for driving through that particular area. Those were followed by a fifth sign that read: “Obey All Signs.” I had to smile. First, that you have to have a sign that tells you to obey signs, and then, second, that anyone would be naïve enough to think that if you had total disregard for the former individual signs, that you would somehow have immediate respect for the latter all-inclusive sign. (Headshake)
So I was thinking…
Is it any wonder, given the prolific amount of signs, both necessary and unnecessary, that vie for our attention that we become a little immune? That we don’t even notice them anymore? But there is one sign that I pray we never ignore, become immune to, nor take for granted, and that is the sign of the cross. Never has one Sign carried so much significance and greater consequence.
First, it’s a sign of God’s vast love for us that He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that we might be reconciled with Him. Second, it’s a sign of Jesus’ eternal love for us that He would willingly die a horrible death on the cross in our place. And third, and perhaps most importantly, the cross is the sign that even death could not hold our Savior. It’s a reminder that not only did He die, He now lives and He’s coming back for us. Because of the cross, we have the assurance that we will spend eternity with Him. Now that’s a Sign of LOVE in any language.
He is risen; He is risen, indeed! Have a blessed Easter!
This is Phyllis Knight, signing off until next time.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:8-9
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3