Questioning faith is a life long journey for me. I'm always looking for signs. I have a questioning mind being trained as a scientist, and the questioning actually helps my faith grow.
In the last 2 years, license plates have been my signs. In 2008, the month our checking account hit $0.63, the year we had a new baby and Jahred returned to school, Mankato's license plates from the DMV were printed with S-E-W. "SEW 546" ; "SEW 081"; apparently the plates are printed alphabetically and somewhat by geographic location. Nearly half the cars in Mankato had/still have "SEW - - -" license plates. When I started seeing them, it occurred to me instantly that this was my sign, a way to remedy our finances. "Sew" I did, and my Etsy shop began to grow. Sewing paid the bills, sustained our family and fulfilled my inner need to provide. SEW may have been a random license plate assignment to some, but for me it was an answer.
Today, on our way home from the mall, I was questioning myself again, what? how? why?. My answer was delivered at 55 mph, I was following a Chevy with the license plate "4 PAPA" (insert goose bumps here). To my even further shock, the truck was red, Papas favorite color. I NEVER carry a camera with me, but happened to have one in my purse this morning. I snuck it out of my bag and yes, I took a picture while driving. Having proof of a "pinch me moment" is worth the temporary risk of a moving violation.
Who is in charge at the DMV after all? Or maybe I'm just in the right place at the right time.
Even stranger is the Arby's sign in this picture. Thanks to Papa, we had a steady flow of "Beef 'n Cheddars" growing up. Arby's will always be a special treat, and as Papa would say, they have the best coupons.
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