Friday, June 01, 2007

When God finds you, and not the other way around

Last week R and I dived into the local charity shop. The main reason for going in was to do a 'hats and scarves' hunt but we had a nose around the other shelves while we were there. Neither of us are too proud for a good rummage amongst the jumble and before long R had pulled out an attractive check shirt. It was crisp and clean, it didn't smell, it was his size and a nice orangey pinky yellow check.

Five minutes later, having parted with a whole £2.50, it was his.

And last night, when rooting around for the washing instructions on the label he discovered it had a second label with some faded text on it. It read:

"I will greatly rejoice in God, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation."

We were both stumped. Was this some secret Jehovah plan to convert charity shop shoppers to the ways of the Lord by stealth? Stick some words on the label behind the washing label and evey time someone checks what temperature to wash the garment at, they subtly take in a little more of God's wisdom?

Turning over the shirt and looking for other clues lead us to the label. Isaiah Clothing. Mmmm. Isaiah.... wasn't he in the bible? We googled it.

Sure enough. Isaiah Clothing was a 'positive statement T-shirt company' with the line on their website 'Faith is a journey'. My wholly atheist boyfriend had somehow managed to buy a God-botherer's shirt.

We spent the rest of the evening laughing our heathen heads off.

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