Back in the day when we were kids and confined to the car during a long trip, we would often come up with games to occupy our attention. It made the trip seem less daunting. Such games included spotting certain types, or colors, of cars. I also recall some sort of game about noting different state license plates. While driving the roads of California, I have composed a new game for both drivers and passengers. It involves finding the letters of the alphabet in order from A to Z. As this little game has developed in my head, it has acquired certain rules. For instance, the letters cannot come from license plates. Instead, you can only see them from road signs and business signs. Recently we went to San Jose. On the way home I went through the alphabet and still had a lot of drive time remaining. So I went through the alphabet again, backwards. It also helped to keep me awake as I drove. The hardest letters to spot were “J” and “Q.” You see a lot of the letter “Z” on the road, thanks to the proliferation of “Zone.” One certain night as a little boy said his prayers, his dad heard him reciting the alphabet on his knees. When he was done, dad asked him what he was doing. The boy replied, “I am too tired to think, so I’m hoping God can put the letters together himself.” The alphabet is a funny thing. Our English language consists of a mere 26 letters. From this small selection of possibilities, millions of books have come forth. So many combinations exist, and still exist. You would think the possibility of new books being written has been exhausted but, as the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 12:12, “Of making many books there is no end.” The introduction of cell phone texting has renovated the way some of us use the alphabet. How else can you explain the sense of this sentence — “RU kdng? LOL” and other related statements? The only problem with games such as these is that they are dangerous for borderline obsessives who also avoid walking on sidewalk cracks. Ah, that was a bit too much self-revelation. Tom Rupp is a Bible teacher at Capital Bible College. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his blog at thomaswrupp.blogspot.com.