Two Lessons Learned On The Side Of The Road

The Unfortunate Incident

Busted.  It happened one day last week when I was on my way to an appointment.  I knew what was coming as soon as I glanced over and saw the police car in the parking lot — the one waiting for people like me to go whizzing by.

I pressed on the brakes hoping the officer would not notice my speed.  I slowed down again as I crossed the railroad tracks.  But then, as I looked in my rearview mirror, flashing lights.  Rats!  I was already running late for my doctor’s appointment, now I was really going to be late.cruiser-2946429_640

The conversation went something like this:

Police Officer:  Ma’am, do you know what the speed limit is?

Me:  Yes, sir (honestly, I didn’t and I’m not even sure how fast I was going but I figured respect and politeness would be a good thing).

Police Officer:  Is there a reason you were going so fast?

Me:  Well, I just got off the interstate and every semi-truck in Florida was traveling the stretch I was on and I was just so frustrated and I’m running late for an appointment.

Police Officer:  Well, you’re not going to get there any faster now, are you?

Me:  No, sir.

Long awkward wait while he checked my license and registration.

Police Officer as he handed me my driver’s license:  Here you go, this would have been a $248 ticket and 3 points on your license.

Me:  Thank you, sir.  I will slow down.

Two Lessons Learned

(1) First of all, it was a great illustration of something we talked about in our Connect Group at church last week.  The difference between grace and mercy.  Simply stated, grace is receiving something you don’t deserve.  Mercy is not receiving something you should have, something you do deserve.

The police officer showed me a great deal of mercy by not giving me a speeding ticket.  I absolutely deserved it.  I did not have a good reason to be speeding other than the fact that I was running late.  There was no use crying or begging him not to give me a ticket.  There was no reason for me to plead my case.   I knew I was guilty yet he showed me mercy.  Thank you, Lord.

(2) Secondly, it was a glaring reminder of my biggest faults.  I confess, I am a terribly unorganized procrastinator.  Any errand or trip will find me running back into my house for some item I’ve left behind — car keys, sunglasses, cell phone.  I usually end up leaving at least five or ten minutes after my scheduled departure. 

That is what happened on the fateful day of my run in with the merciful policeman.  I didn’t have my stuff together, from what I was going to wear to some information I needed to take with me.  Instead of being prepared, I was rushing around gathering things which caused me to leave late which caused me to drive too fast which caused me to end up on the side of the road with a police car’s flashing lights announcing my transgression.  (Luckily, I was in a neighboring town so I don’t think anyone recognized me.)

You know, I thought I would be more organized in my empty nest life.  I thought not having to take care of anyone would help me focus on staying organized.  That hasn’t happened and at this stage in my life, I’m not sure if it ever will.  I’m still going to give it my best shot. Miracles do happen.

Funny thing is my daughter is very organized.  I wonder if living with me made her think “ok, I don’t want to be like that”.  At least I offered some motivation.

I got to thinking about heaven after my police encounter.  I came to the conclusion that once we are in heaven we will either be completely organized since we will have glorified bodies or there will be no need for organizational skills because it will be perfect.  Either way, it sounds amazing to me!  I will no longer be a frustrated, unorganized procrastinator.

How about you?  Anybody else frustrated by your lack of organizational skills?  Better yet, can anybody out there help a girl out?  I would love to read your comments.

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11 thoughts on “Two Lessons Learned On The Side Of The Road

  1. The struggle is real and I’m in it with you! I always find it interesting how it comes so naturally for some people and yet for others it’s like a complicated algebra problem! On a happy note I’m so glad you had a merciful officer that day.

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  2. Ha ha. Here’s one way we’re actually different. I’m a Virgo, so I tend to be very organized. It’s my sign. So to be organized, about fifteen minutes before I need to go out somewhere, I think about all the things I’ll need to take with me. Then, I put them all in one place, together, so when I leave I’ll have everything in one pile. On another note…I got a speeding ticket this year while driving by a speed trap (police waiting to give tickets to fill their quotas). I didn’t think I was speeding because I drive like a turtle. To make a long story short, when I went to court to plea bargain, I asked to see the radar data that showed my actual speed. I was told it would be very difficult to find. I was afraid I’d be screwed in the end, so I went with a lighter sentence. But that was the first time I felt though living in the United States I was not part of a democracy.

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    1. Well, eventually we had to find a difference! LOL! That’s crazy! You should have definitely been able to see the radar data. We have speed traps in Florida too, especially on one particular road in north Florida. We always see cars and trucks pulled over when we travel that way.


  3. I like to set my clocks ahead five or ten minutes, that helps me. My husband hates that and so this year they are set at the exact time. I have to start getting ready earlier because now I know I don’t have time to spare. I am a minimalist so organization is easier, that would be my tip…downsize so that there are not so many choices! Love the post!

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  4. In 2005, I wrote a short (six chapters) teaching to help women downsize. If you are interested, let me know and I will email it to you. You can contact me by email through my blog if you are interested.


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