You have guessed the extreme, the obvious, the outrageous, and a few have even been very close to the actual theme at times.
Your guesses have included Hospital/Medical, Time Travel, New Mexico, Texas, Texas, Texas, TEXAS, Cowboy/Western, Yellowstone National Park, Trip Across America, Ocean/Sea, Robots, Creation, Transportation, the Rio Grande River, Noah, Gold Rush, Pirates, Route 66, Marathon Race, Mining, Stagecoach, Wyoming, Trains, Back to the Future, and many more. Each could be a fun theme, but alas, we can only have one and it is.......
You have proven yourselves to be excellent Biblical scholars with so many great Scripture references, but my favorite verse during the past five days is 2 Corinthians 4:8 - "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair:..." Of course the verse was not a suggestion for the theme, but a statement of how many of you - especially the person who submitted the verse - felt as you tried to unscramble the Impossible Clues.
VBS people are the best people in the world. LifeWay's VBS team lovingly refer to you as VBS Groupies or Geeks. We enjoy hearing from you throughout the year and meeting you at Preview in January. You bring sunshine to our day and hearts, especially when you allow us to have a little fun by tormenting you each year with the theme reveal.
We realize many of you - as well as many of our team - are in the thick of VBS 2015 this week. Even though we are announcing the theme for 2016 we have not lost sight of the immediate. You are in our prayers as you Journey Off the Map and proclaim the Gospel through VBS. Some of you have already completed VBS 2015 and are in the continued connections phase. There is much work to be done!
Several of you suggested creation or Genesis as the them. I love the first four words of Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God." My prayer is that in the midst of the stress and potential despair of VBS and continued connections these words will be a reminder of God's presence and power. What is unknown to us, is definitely known to Him, and He will supply all our needs.
Thanks again for playing Impossible Clues. We can hardly wait until 1:00 p.m. (CST) today - that's why we are actually starting at 12:40. You are going to love the theme - I promise!