The reflection of blue lights flashed in my rear-view mirror. Embarrassed, I pulled over.
“Ma’am, can you explain why you were speeding?”
“I wasn’t paying attention.”
When I got home, I looked up potential consequences: one-year revocation of license, lawyer and court costs, license points…. I felt nauseous. Rather than worrying further, I bowed, “Father God, this license is Yours to take or to give as You desire.” I called my husband, and he called our attorney.
“I might get the charges reduced by ten miles per hour,” the lawyer said, “or it could be reduced to ‘improper equipment.’” He explained his rates. “Do you have questions? And try not to worry. I’ll do my best to get this matter resolved.”
“Will you be with me in court?”
“You stay home. I will speak to the judge on your behalf, and I will represent you.”
A few days later, my lawyer called. “Your case has been dismissed.”
“Dismissed? As in, forgiven?”
“Dismissed means we’re acting as if this never happened. It won’t appear on your record, and you’ll owe no court costs. Your slate is wiped clean. Oh, and my services are gratis.”
The next morning, during my quiet I read, “For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. (Psalm 86:5 KJV)” God is good, and even if my license had been revoked, I would still have reason to believe this is true.
For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalm 86:5 KJV
God loves us so much He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our transgressions—even those more serious than traffic violations. Through belief Jesus, our record of sins has been erased. Colossians 2:14 KJV reads, “Blotting the handwriting of ordinances that was against us … and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Through the shed blood of Jesus, our sins are blotted away. The work Jesus accomplished is beyond forgiveness; the charges against us have been dismissed.
Blotting the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his Cross.
When we get to heaven, no one will say, “Remember when you were speeding?” Not only are we forgiven, we are made new. II Corinthians 5:17b NLV reads, “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person.” Our good God knew we’d need a Savior, so He sent the best Lawyer we could ever dream about.
Thank You, God, for sending Jesus to wipe my record clean.
The Speeding Ticket is a true story.