Archive - February, 2013

Pulling Over

Traffic Stop 1


It’s not as dramatic as it sounds, but I gave myself up to the police last night.

I had just finished a late night at work and found myself with an intense desire to get home as quickly as I could.

After swinging by my friend’s place and picking up my dog, I pulled onto Willamette Falls Drive and flipped on the stereo to listen to my audio Bible.

On my way out of West Linn I blew past a police car that was parked in the dark lot of a baseball field. I was doing at least 10 miles per hour over the legal limit.

I’ve seen that police car parked there before.

I’ve seen that officer pull people over before.

I knew that he was there looking for people who were speeding.

Tonight he was looking for me.

My first thought was that it wasn’t fair that a police officer can sit in a dark parking lot with all of his lights off.

My second thought was to look in the rear view mirror to see what the officer was doing.

He had just turned on his headlights.

My third thought was that the speed limit should definitely be higher on this stretch of road… especially for people who work hard serving the Lord.

That’s when a thought that I wouldn’t naturally have popped into my mind:

“You are totally speeding”

I’m pretty sure that this thought was from someone else, because I’m naturally inclined to make excuses and self-justify when I’m doing wrong.

It was an unnatural thought, something that was alien to me.

That’s when I knew I needed to just pull over.


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