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I was wrong.

Posted by on June 26, 2014


I was wrong.  I deliberately slowed down to turn right on the yellow and then gunned it when it turned red.  We all know you can beat the cars getting ready to go…they are at a stand still if we have momentum.  Yep, I was so focused on getting in front of those cars that I didn’t see the Police Officer behind me.  I jumped when the siren went off.  Darn!

Officer  “Ma’am…you didn’t stop on a red”.

Jen  “Yes sir.  Here is my license and proof of insurance”

He walked back to his car and I checked Facebook.  I figured it would be awhile for him to write the ticket and I wanted to see the score of the USA vs. Germany World Cup game.

He had to knock on my window to get my attention.  He was only gone like 2 minutes…WHAT?

Officer  “Well, Ma’am you don’t have anything on your record so please be more careful.  It is important to drive safe.  Have a nice day”

Jen  “Really? Oh, Ok…thanks?

I drove away surprised.  I was clearly wrong.  I also questioned the clear record part…didn’t he see when I was 17 I rear ended someone on a icy slope in Oregon?  Didn’t he see the speeding ticket from Kansas coming back from a Colorado wedding?  Or how about….?  Well anyway…clearly I have a record.  I should have been punished.  He really didn’t see those things?

Clearly this is an example of God’s love, mercy and grace for us!  God doesn’t see a record!  But God don’t you remember when I was 17 and…or when….or how about….clearly I have a record.  I should be punished.  God does not keep a record.  When we are forgiven…we are forgiven.  I am so thankful for that reminder today!

Websters definition of Grace: 

disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency

Biblical definition of Grace:  Psalm 103:8-12

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.






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