I love visiting my hometown. It’s simple. It’s honest. It’s Oklahoma. But how easily I forget its wiles and charms. The longer I live in the tolerant oasis of Austin, the more I am easily surprised. I am often amazed of what I find when I go home. Today, dear blog reader, I will be giving you a glimpse into what you might encounter if you visit Oklahoma.
On Saturday morning, I saw a truck sporting this bumper sticker: “#3 – God needed a driver” with an angel halo over the #3. This bumper sticker really confused me. First of all, does God ever really need a driver? If God is omnipresent, isn’t he anywhere all at once? Why does he need a driver to get from one place to another if he is already there? And, if he is already there, why would he have such a fast driver? And, if we have already have established God’s omnipresence, and he seems to have a driver “just for fun,” why would he pick a reckless one? The liability does not match up.
On Saturday afternoon, we headed out to do some shopping. In my hometown – you can not avoid Wal-Mart. I know, I know, I would be better off just handing my money to Satan, or Karl Rove or “The Intimidator.” But there are very few options when you are in the OKC. So, I was at Wal-Mart with my mother when I noticed a bargain bin of metallic purses. So, I got two fantastic gold purses for $8.62. Oh, that includes tax. As I was admiring my purchase, I noticed that all the toddlers in my hometown are very well put together. Some even seemed to be wearing makeup. Then I looked up and saw a flash. My mother and I were shopping in aisle 10 which happened to be the catwalk for the annual hometown Easter dress toddler fashion show, sponsored by Wal-Mart and the local kid hair salon. Beautiful children celebrating a dress purchase to honor Jesus’ resurrection in Wal-Mart? I truly felt at home!