Some combinations go together like – well – the proverbial hand and glove. Things like popcorn and movies, baseball and peanuts, campfires and marshmallows are etched into the fabric of life in these United States. One without the other is only half an experience.
Other combinations take some getting used to but can grow on a person. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, face paint and tailgating, Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias…okay, they only did one song together, but it is worth listening to!
The granddaddy of all oddball combinations resides within ten miles of our home. I’m relatively sure it’s a one-of-a-kind establishment. The two businesses share one dilapidated pole building on the outskirts of the outskirts of what used to be a town. Inside, you can purchase ice cream at one end and have your deer head mounted at the other. A combination ice cream parlor and taxidermist shop. It gives a whole new perspective on Moose Tracks ice cream.
Happenstance, rather than entrepreneurship, likely created this situation. The chance of an incorporated chain of taxidermy/ice cream shops popping up across the country remains slim to none. Don’t expect trading on the stock market anytime soon. But as odd as it sounds and as unlikely a combination as it is…it works.
The Bible is full of unlikely and oddball combinations. Perhaps the most glaring is Peter and Paul. Peter was a fisherman, an impulsive man who worked with his hands and smelled of old brine. Paul was an educated dandy of high rank who didn’t soil his hands – except to have the occasional Christian executed. Yet Christ built His church using these two cornerstones. Two thousand plus years later we know…it worked.