The first time we looked for our rental house in Dunoon, Scotland—we couldn’t find it. Knowing we are directionally challenged, we figured it was our fault. Later we realized…there were no legible street signs.
We felt vindicated when friends from the Black Isle came to visit and also became lost. Signs are important. Faced with medical or other emergencies, signs attain life or death importance.
Signs matter. They matter to me especially since I’ve been a sign painter. For one of the first signs I painted, I bought a dictionary to ensure correct spelling. When the 10 signs were delivered, the customer yelled at me for misspelling his signs. When I explained I had looked the word up in a dictionary, he demanded to see the dictionary, so I handed it to him. He was livid as he thumped the cover: Webster’s English Dictionary. Authorize is spelled authorise in the UK.
We read the rules on a pool sign recently. I don’t know if you’re allowed to bring glass containers into the pool area—but leave the ducks at home.
Signs of spring, signs of autumn, signs of approaching storms—not all signs are produced by humans.
My favorite sign is the Bible, God’s Word. Lack of street signs may result in physical misplacement, but lack of spiritual signs result in miserable, misspent years in this life, and risk of eternal separation from God.
Jesus promised, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
No other sign can match that promise.
2 thoughts on “Signs…and…No Signs”
A great post as always, Steph! You are right about signs. We need them, in whatever form they come, to be clear!!
Thanks, Val. Having worked in a sign shop for so many years, I was scandalized at the lack of signs when I got to Scotland. Alan and I missed a funeral once…fortunately he wasn’t supposed to preach. To this day we have never found the little village where it was held. No signs at all in that part of the Black Isle. And the signs that are erected…tiny! To someone from Texas where everything is bigger…tiny doesn’t cut it!