For we are taking pains to do what is right, not
only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men.
When Jack saw the police car, he took a peek at his speedometer: it was 73 mph
in a 55 mph zone. It was his fourth time, recently. How could a guy get caught so
many times? Jack pulled over, but very
close to the white line of the road, hoping that some other car
would knock off the police.
As the cop stepped out of his
car. He thought: Bob? Was that Bob from Church? This was worse than getting a
ticket. A Christian cop catching a guy from his own church, who
was also a Bible study leader.
Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.
Hello, Jack. No smile.
Its been a long day. I'm afraid I bent the
rules a bit. I just want to go home with my kids.
What'd you clock me at?
Now wait a minute here, Bob. I
checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65. The lie seemed to come easier
with every ticket.
The minutes ticked by. Bob
scribbled away on the pad. It would be a long
before Jack ever sat near this cop again.
Bob handed in a paper through the window
and returned to his police car without a word. How much was this one going to
cost? 150 dollars? A days work for nothing? Wait a minute. What was this?
Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
"Dear Jack, Once upon a
time, I had a daughter. She was six, when she was killed by a car. I knew
that the driver could not stop, because of speeding. A fine, and three months in
jail, and the man was set free. Free to hug his daughters. I'm going to have
to wait until Heaven, before I can ever hug her again. I've tried a thousand
times to forgive that man and I thought that I had. Maybe I did, but I need
to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I
have left. Bob."
Jack turned around, just in time to see Bob's car
pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. He too,
pulled away and drove slowly, praying for forgiveness and hugging his
surprised wife and kids when he arrived home.