Sometimes, you just never know what to expect when you answer the phone at church. Today provided an excellent example.
I answered the phone and the caller asked if I could look up a bible verse for him. Now, this isn't an unusual request. I have looked up verses for people on several occasions. Usually, they give me a topic or a few key words they know are in the specific verse they want and I find it.
This caller had the reference (Psalm 25:4), but wanted to know what that verse said. So going to trustworthy BibleGateway, I find the words to pass on. When I had done so, he filled me in on why he wanted to know. He was wearing an old VBS T-shirt that had that reference on it, and he wanted to be able to answer any question that might come up in conversation about the shirt. He, being a Gideon, usually has several bibles in his vehicle, but today was empty-handed. I asked him which VBS that shirt was from and he couldn't remember the theme (the big picture with the name was on his back, which he couldn't see). I asked him what color it was. "Black," he replied. I have shirts for VBS going back almost a decade. There has been only one black shirt in all that time: Ramblin' Road Trip, 2005. (It's amazing what church ladies remember and for the most absurd reasons!)
Notice the connection between the "ways" and "paths" from the verse and the "road" from the theme. The verse was very familiar to me for a much more recent reason. This year's VBS at Agricola Baptist was "Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street." The memory verse for the week was Psalm 25:4-5.
Our shirts were red this year, by the way, which is a good thing. My youngest daughter El is currently attending a camp that assigned her to the red team. I don't know if you have noticed, but there is just not a lot of red clothing in stores this year. In fact, almost none at all that doesn't reference the 4th of July with fireworks or flags. And she wanted red clothes to wear this week. Yes, her VBS shirt is packed.
So now I have an absurd reason to remember that VBS 2011 had a red shirt...
...just in case anyone ever asks.