God came to me via a yellow sticky note attached to the inside of a bathroom stall door in the Memorial Union at NDSU. Now I must say, as someone who has never been a fan of bathroom stall graffiti, that I appreciate post-it note graffiti’s ability to provide a message without doing any permanent damage.
The sticky note immediately brought to mind the song You Found Me by The Fray which offers as the first line, “I found God on the corner of First and Amistad.” I have since been humming that tune’s first line in my mind in a repetitive loop with a bit of a lyric adjustment, “I found God on the door of a bathroom stall.”
The sticky note said:
check your local listing
and get the truth
and peace of mind
Well, when God messages you via a bathroom stall I do believe you are somewhat mandated to listen. So when I got home, after hundreds of mental repeats of that song’s first line I went looking for Shepherd’s Chapel. Here is what I found: Shepherd’s Chapel is an organization under the tutelage of Pastor Arnold Murray that has about as many detractors as fans. The organization is based in Gravette, Arkansas and you can catch its teachings via television stations, the Internet or tapes.
I personally have no comment as to the belief system promoted by Shepherd’s Chapel – I believe in letting folks experience their faith as they see fit (as long as they aren’t hurting other folks in the process). I believe that freedom of religion equates with freedom of thought – and free thoughts are key to a free society.
So, carry on followers of Shepherd’s Chapel – I am happy that you believe you have found the truth and have peace of mind. As for me, I appreciated the sticky note – it did sort of make my day as I really like that song by The Fray and I have been listening to it on YouTube the whole time I have been typing this blog entry.
I found God - in my own way long ago. I very much encourage others to likewise find the source of their faith wherever it may lie. Who knows, it may be on a bathroom stall door.;-)
Day nine hundred and forty of the new forty – obla di obla da