On the Road

Sign, Sign Everywhere a sign.

Written by: Denise Serafini on Sunday, April 02, 2017

For those of you that may remember, the Five Man Electric Band had a song named “Sign, Sign Everywhere a Sign”, and the final verse is:

And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray"

But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn't have a penny to pay

So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign

I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me.

And of course the refrain continues with “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…”

That song (actually more like just the title) is what came to mind as I was writing the following account of a couple of odd situations we encountered on this trip.

We met a man at a gas station that tapped on my window and asked if I had a business card. I realized he had just looked at the magnetic sign on the car. He wanted to know more about who we were and what the sign was about. I didn’t have a business card handy, but suggested he simply look us up on the web to learn more. Then Jean pulled out one of our holy cards and suggested I give him one of those. The man had stepped away so I went inside to look for him. He showed up to get in the car he was riding in on the side closest to Jean while I was still looking for him inside the little convenience store. Jean stopped him and gave him one of our holy cards and then happened to ask him if he was Catholic. He responded that he wasn’t, but nonetheless Jean felt inclined to give him a scapular, explaining that if you wear it and say a Hail Mary each day you will never experience the fires of Hell. Just as I was coming back to the car, I see the man with tears in his eyes holding the scapular to his heart and thanking Jean. He got into the back seat of the truck he was riding in and off we both went with a wave, with me and Jean watching him as he touched the scapular to his heart one more time.

Our little magnet signs on the side of the car are what brought this man to knock on the door. I can’t help but think he was heeding the “Call From the Crucified Heart” when he did that, almost as a request to ask us to pray with him and when we left I think he was genuinely thanking the Lord for sending him a little sign that God is still thinking about him.

Who knows what the circumstances were for this man, but I’m sure glad we were running low on gas and stopped at what looked like the last station we might pass for quite a few miles.

There was also a young woman standing on the sidewalk at the hotel where we stayed. When we pulled up I got just a little too close to the curb and Jean was concerned that I might be getting too close to this girl and her luggage. When we got out I apologized to the young woman for potentially scaring her. She graciously said she had plenty of room and wasn’t concerned and then asked me what we were all about as she pointed to the sign on the car. Jean had already headed into the hotel and I explained what we do and she then started to cry and asked for prayers. She said she had just arrived from California to be introduced to her future mother in law, but she was having significant reservations about her fiancé. She said, “Please pray for me so I know what I should be doing.” Obviously I agreed to do just that. However, I think she was standing by that door just as we arrived while she was debating with herself as to whether of not she wanted to proceed with this relationship. I think God arranged our arrival just in time for her to get a sign that He is listening and understands her issues. I also think we met her so that we would include her in our continuous prayers while we’re on the road and to add her to the petition list we hold under the Relic of the Holy Nail.

Those signs we have on the side of the car were designed to inform people that “yes, we know we’re parked in what is likely the wrong spot, but it’s Ok since we are part of the presentation”. Our car is only in those inappropriate spots until we finish unloading but it helps to keep people from getting frustrated by what they might think is abusive activity. However, the real purpose might just be to attract people to us in unlikely places so we can add them to our prayer list and perhaps, more importantly, provide a sign that conveys God’s message of hope that He is indeed by their side in their trials.