My husband and I had been married a short time. He’s fun loving and likes to tease. We didn’t usually leave home at the same time in the mornings but this particular day we walked out the door together. Down the road I went, I was not even a 1/4 mile away from the house when I saw ﬂashing lights come up behind me. "Oh brother! No, no, no....I don't have time for this and my husband is going to pass me any minute. He will not let me live this down." I rolled down the window and in my heart I was saying, "Please hurry! Please!” The policeman, was very kind, proceeded to tell me why he stopped me. I said, "OK". Not sure what my face was saying but he said, "Ma'am I'm serious!” I said, "OK". He proceeded to tell me 3x he was serious. That kind of made it a little funny. I just had a diﬀerent agenda, it never dawned on me that I was smiling. (When I am really nervous or lost for words, sometimes I smile.) It ended up, he let me go with a warning. My husband never passed us. I was so thankful!!
As I was returning home that evening, I pulled into the driveway and there was the policeman, in my parking spot. He walked toward me, "Is your husband Doug?"
"No, no he's not. Doug is our neighbor."
"I pulled Doug over this morning, I thought maybe you were his wife.”
(This is a very small town)
Feeling pretty good about myself, I didn't say a word to my husband during supper concerning the policeman. Our meal was coming to an end and he looked at me. "Babe, the policeman said to tell you, “Hello."
"What? Did you get pulled over?"
"No, he pulled Doug over and was priding himself in getting a husband and wife today. Only he got my wife!"
In Christian service, we work really hard at doing the right thing in being a great example for Christ. It seems like we can go forever and no one notices our walk or our work with Christ. But make a mistake!!! You’ll have lights flashing all around you, and everyone notices. The thought within us is, “please hurry, say or do whatever it is you're going to do. I just don’t want anyone else to know.” The truth of the matter is, people who profess to be believers in Christ are watched. People want to know how you respond in adversity. Are you real? Are you true? Does Christ make a difference in your life at home as well as at work? Adversity will come. Look to Jesus and trust Him. Others may smile, but when your trust is in Christ alone, it doesn’t take them long to know you are real.
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”