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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: Big Fonts and Yellow Signs
By Christine Ramey


"Christ does not live here!” This was the sign I read on the way to church Sunday morning. I wasn’t sure what to think of these signs as they waved across the highway.

Before long, I noticed another one, “The time has come….” ‘What?’I thought to myself. What does this mean the time has come? Most importantly what does it mean in respects to Christ does not live here? I lived an hour away from my church and the drive became interesting with each sign I past. So curiosity got to me and of course I was persuaded to keep driving for hopes of finding an answer.

It surprised me as another one approached, “...don’t know the day or the hour, but soon.” Okay, now we have Christ is not here, the time has come, and don’t know the day or the hour, but soon. I’m still clueless. How did this all flow together and for what reason did it go together. These were all questions I had. They were just black signs with white writing on them. Lovely signs and a great reminder of how to live in Christ but my gut told me this was not the last of them.

I rolled down the window and listened to the song, Mercy Me. I absolutely love this song and sung as if I was Sandi Patti. The tones were brilliant and flowed with such grace and I have no clue as to where it would go. But, drivers from all over the road slowed down to hear my voice. Whoohoo! I was definitely the star of the road as I was searching for another sign.

Then, it hit me in the face, “…for you He died.” The sign shouted in front of me as if it was in a concert hall all by itself. I couldn’t dare match the voice of this sign. The only difference this time was the words, the bright yellow color, as well as big fonts flashed in front of me. The more I drove and as I approached the church a big… WOW…fell upon me! “…for me He died!”

See, I have always known God to be real and felt as if I knew Him. Nevertheless, the sign spoke to me in such a real and personal way. I began to doubt how well I knew Him and if I was saved at all. I wanted so much to have a personal relationship with God but felt for a while as if I was falling away.

My songs were the only thing that drove me toward Him but this; this was a huge sign from God with just how far away I really was. I wondered if I was able to have his real mercy. I was within five minutes of the church and saw this one “…I’m here and I’ve always been here, but where are you?”

Where am I? I began to question my own motives for my life. Was I truly being all I could really be for Christ or was there something I didn’t see? I pulled into the parking lot, got out of my car and headed for my pastor.

I had gently explained my story and how the signs had provoked me to come to him. He then asked a question that blew my mind away, “Has your life turned a complete 190% for Him, or are you still sitting at the 20% level?” So how do I add up with God and where should my life go from here? The signs made me think and created in me a stir to serve.

Who would have thought so little words could mean so much, but they did. Words are very important, no matter how they are displayed as long as the message remains the same.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/10/10
This is a great take on the topic. I enjoyed how the MC grew with the signs. Nice job.
Verna Mull 12/10/10
All I can say is, this was GREAT, and should be published. You really built up the excitement.
Noel Mitaxa 12/10/10
All those signs made for a challenging trip, which you have opened up for us very clearly. A very minor critique: "past" instead of "passed," and "190%," but you have drawn us into the trip very well.
Barbara Lynn Culler12/10/10
You had me hooked from the opening line! Good job.
Patsy Hallum12/11/10
Kinda like the Burma-Shave signs but with a God message. I really enjoyed it. Thanks!
diana kay12/12/10
an interesting story and i liked the way it unfolded... almost like a treasure hunt :-)
Amanda Brogan12/13/10
Good title to go with a good story. I liked how the MC was listening to MercyMe music as she drove down the road. :)

I also love the pastor's advice -- that we should turn our life completely around for Christ when we come to Him and not just live for Him halfway. Great message!
Lollie Hofer12/15/10
Intriguing story with its series of signs. Enjoyed the trip and the pastor's advice was right on.
Catrina Bradley 12/15/10
What a lovely and important testimony you've written!