Our church is undergoing a name change. It'll be Sovereign Grace Church. The change has been a really big deal in the making, with unfathomable decisions, details, and time involved. One of the exciting things will be the revealing of new signs with new graphics and colors. Among the people most involved in the visual and technical details is a man named Dan.
Today I was working late after school. I heard Dan chatting in the hall with three other men in the reception area near my room. Jim H popped his head inside the door and asked, "Hey, Zo, wanna see our new sign?"
I looked out the window.
"No, not out there," he said. "Out here." I followed him to the welcome center where Dan, Jimmy, and Mark were gathered. They were all admiring the new sign behind the desk.
"Wow! It looks great! I LIKE it!" I said enthusiastically. Then I squinted, leaned closer toward the sign and (feigning disappointment) said, "But--too bad they spelled sovereign wrong.
They bent toward the sign.
They studied it.
They looked at each other in disbelief.
I burst out laughing. "No, it's right," I said, wishing I'd caught the scene on video.
I got 'em good.
"That's not funny, Zo, " Jimmy said, chuckling. (Sort of.)
"Coming from you, we're all like Is it ?" Jim said, crouching toward the sign.
Mark: "I had to look again."
Dan? I'm sorry I did that to you.
No, I'm not. You should've seen your face.