when I was wee-small I corrected the store name Goodwill to Oldwill. Also I once inadvertently hurt the feelings of a much-beloved pre-school teacher when I applied an age-equals-wisdom rubric to her chronological age.
She seemed exceedingly wise and kind and calm. So I told her she was 85. At the time this was the Nobel Peace prize of ages to me. I did not see wrinkles or old as a factor with humans.
Resale stores, absolutely, but people–not so much. My teacher was probably in her late twenties to mid-thirties?
I am going somewhere with this: assessment.
When I scan my junk mail for the misplaced real mail, I find message after message from hardworking Davises and Millers trying to give me some relief from student loans and a variety of entities using female given names and announcing their desire to date me or worse.
Oh, the anomalous anonymity of the Internet! These hardworking phishers and scammers just don’t get me.
We all want to be truly known and loved for who we really are, yet this is mostly a mirage. At least in my culture.
We are often not capable of deep commitment or unswerving faithfulness, and we are quite damaged by the sturm and drang of this flawed and broken world. We like empty images and cliches, not the challenges of maturity, restoration, and love.
Which leads me to Big Agnes tents…
After one disastrous night in a tent at the beach during a storm, I do not consider myself a camping girl, but when I saw the (again, junk email!) ad for Big Agnes tents it was love at first sight. Big? When seeking shelter, big is good. And Agnes? Agnes rocks. The name means pure but sounds a lot like the Latin word for lamb–agnus. Big Pure? Big Lamb? Lamb of God?
Lamb of God
Who takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us...
Damaged goods in a storm
In need of shelter
I will run to the Lamb, find shelter in Him.