Saturday, April 22, 2017


Pulled up behind a SUV in the Home Depot parking lot and I was struck by the vanity license plate on the vehicle. It said “Callonme”, and in my instant reverie, I immediately began channeling Carole King singing “You’ve Got a Friend.”

“When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand … you just call out my name and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running.”

The song was written by Carole King, and she recorded it for her album titled Tapestry, one of the bestselling in all recording history.

While still silently humming the song, a contractor type person showed up and unlocked the vehicle and got in.

"Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you’ve got to do is call, and I’ll be there. You’ve got a friend.”

But a reality check soon overcame my fixation with music decades old. Instead of a Scripture text being the immediate thing to come to mind, I thought of Carole King. Maybe having recently seen the stage musical of her life and music, titled “Beautiful”, may have had much to do with that focus. But look at how much more it could have been

There is Psalm 50:15 – Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.

Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Psalm 91:15 – When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.

Keep Colossians 3:2 in mind when you feel your focus going awry. “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Robert Parlante


  1. I'm curious why the contractor has that on his license plate. Wouldn't it be encouraging if he meant it as a biblical reference rather than an ad for his services? :-)

  2. My first reaction was a biblical reference. If it was a contractor there was no phone number on the SUV to possibly call. (Sorry for the delay with my response to your comment!)