One of my favorite breakfast places is the Squeeze In. It offers all the usuals for breakfast, the biggest omelette menu selection I've ever seen, & lunch stuff too. Lately, I've been looking for excuses to eat there, & my recent favorite is a #7 - 3 eggs, double bacon, all the cheeses, & nacho cheese on top. Yum.
Its a locally owned restaurant, with a laid back feel - so laid back that they not only permit but encourage people to write on the walls.
This Sunday, I was downing my #7, & I heard a conversation going on at the table behind me - a conversation about church. This kinda stuff always catches my ear, & I love to hear what people are saying, talking about, processing on the topic of church... especially when I can do it incognito.
Let's just say that the couple at the table must have had a bad experience or 10 - but their summation was that they were SO glad that they hadn't "wasted" their day at church, but instead had "Squeezed In"... They shared their thoughts with the waitress, & before they left, wrote on the wall. After they vacated their table, I went over & took a picture of what they'd written: (see the picture at right - "Omelettes are better than church.")
Made me sad. Made me wonder the specifics of their situation. What they'd endured, suffered, &/or caused... If it was the result of a drive-by, a big blow-up, or a long-term fizzle...
Led to lots of thoughts about faith -& about growing up, putting it into practice. Thoughts about "faith sabotage" - something that is done to ourselves or done by another, undermining a foundation. The role of discouragement, frustration, fear & lies in the undermining of faith. Boring church meetings, spoken in a language that makes the goings on of the day inaccessible to beginners &/or the uninitiated...