Life Lesson From God: Courtesy of the Police

Ever notice that God not only sends us new mercies each morning, but teaches us valuable lessons in some pretty awkward, everyday moments?

Do not miss the beautiful moments God has in store for you today!

Recently  I had a little mishap with the police. 

The 5-Oh. The Fuzz. The Po-Po. Smack dab in the middle of my neighborhood, btw. It was totally humiliating.

To make matters worse, the hubby drove by just moments later. *seriously, what are the chances?* Right at that moment where the officer stands with his flashlight on (it was daylight, so that was weird) reading my license.

Awkward. *she notes in a sing song voice*
Moments later, via text, hubby asks: "So, how much is the ticket?" Ouch.

To rub salt in my wound, the officer asks to see my registration or proof of insurance.

Me: "Officer, my husband is gonna kill me, that was him that just drove by, by the way. Wait, what do you need again?" Officer exasperated: "Registration or proof of insurance ma'am."

Ma'am. Ouch. That hurts.
Me giggling, cuz that's what I do when I'm nervous: "I have it somewhere in here. Hang on."

3 minutes later, as the Target bags are flying and the gazillion straws and napkins stored in the dash cubby are scattered all over the car

"Crap, I really do have it, how much time you got?" As I looked up, I caught him rolling his eyes and chuckling. I took note of the wedding ring, hoping his wife is also a ditzy, disorganized blonde.

Sidenote: Have I mentioned that by now the little old lady down the street, the kids at the park and the guy who was out doing a neighbor's landscaping are all standing at the side of the street watching in wide-eyed amusement?

Another text from the hubby: "So really, how much is this gonna cost us?"

My response: "You mean besides my humility and the inability to show my face outside in our neighborhood this Fall?" Him: "Yeah. Besides that."

With all this drama and intrigue and half the neighborhood watching, I must have robbed a bank or something, right?

Nope. I choose to take the stop sign as a suggestion.

Officer: "Stop signs are not suggestions ma'am. I'll give you just a warning today."
Me: "Whew. Thanks. I really do have that registration in here somewhere."
Officer: "You really might want to think about being a little more organized ma'am."
Me (in head): STOP SAYING MA'AM!
Me (out loud): "I will officer. Have a great day!"

Life lesson: Slow down. Stop being so focused on EVERYTHING else that we literally miss the signs right in front of us.

Let's be honest...aren't you guilty of that too? We are so caught up in our own lives, the long list of chores, errands, etc. that sometimes life (or a stop sign) literally passes us right on by.

I am the first to admit that I have been far too busy focusing (ok, obsessing) on my current soul crisis, that I have been missing out on life. And living. And friendships. And laughter. And all the other wonderful things God has in store for me.

Don't be too busy friends. Don't miss all the wonderful, messy, glorious things that God places in front of you each day. 

The person in the grocery store line that needs a word of encouragement. Or a child that wants you to take delight in the dead bug they just found. A family pet craving your affection. Or the tired spouse who walks through the door at the end of a long day with a migraine. Don't miss out on LIVING, because you are too focused on your sadness, drama, relationship issues...or pretty much anything else that seems to be taking up negative space in your life.

Be present in your life.

Don't miss the beautifully messy moments God has planned for you today.

Pay attention to the signs (both literal and figurative) that God places before you.

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  1. getting pulled over is the worst! Great story though. Your Titus2day neighbour, Jenny

  2. Thanks for the visit! :)

  3. I laughed all the way through your story. Why? Because it is so true that an audience shows up at our most embarrassing moments :) Mine was yesterday while voting. I took my 2YO granddaughter with me who looked both precious & angelic with her little pigtails. We had a lovely bunch of older women totally enthralled with her preciousness :) Until she decided she did not want to leave. So I looked over at them & told them it was going to get very ugly when I picked her up to carry her out to leave. They looked at me like I was NUTS. Yup, we made a most dramatic & hard to miss exit - all the way to our car.
    But you are so right. We can miss what God has for us. And He puts signs right there in front of our face. Yesterday I was reminded of the many times He has told me it's time to leave & I have resisted. Or perhaps, even after obeying, I sulked about it.
    Today you have made me pause to think about yesterday's incident. And for that I thank you!

  4. So wonderful that you shared this lovely story with me Joanne. You gave me a good chuckle, as I could totally empathize with your audience yesterday. We had a little band of children who were voting with their mama...and one of them so didn't want to wait in line patiently. I felt so bad, yet was so amused at the same time. The words that come out of little people's mouths sometimes, adorable. Thanks for sharing and gracing me with a visit today! May you see all the signs He places before you today. Blessings!

  5. This was such a treat to read ... definitely worth the "rattling and humiliation" that officer caused you in that moment, Nicki! Who knew that being pulled over could be such an important metaphor (and sign) for all of us notice! Love this, girlfriend. And I'm going to be sharing it over in the Twittersphere! So glad you're back!

  6. Thanks for being such an encouragement. :) It certainly wasn't my ideal situation to go thru, but I love how God can use any situation to draw us nearer to Him! Blessings on your week, sweet lady. It's been quite a wild ride for both of us this past year, hasn't it? I'm glad I'm back too. To God be the glory! Xoxo

  7. I love stories like these. Messy imperfect but lovely life is a life well lived. I've been through ups and downs as well but I'm keeping on. Because life is just too good to give up on.

  8. Amen to that! God is good all the time. All the time God is good!

  9. Oh no not stoping for a literal stop sign became a metaphor for the slow down you needed in your whole life. I've received one or two of those literal/metaphorical signs! I'm glad yours only came with a warning.

  10. Yes, thankfully it was only a warning. But it is a great reminder indeed that we all need to slow down and be present in life. I struggle with this so much! I think we all do. Maybe it's a woman thing? Or just a busy person thing? I'm not sure!

  11. Hey Nicki ... your pain has become our gain! Thanks for that gentle reminder that we've gotta keep our eyes peeled for the signs that God's put out right and left in our lives. And stop being so self-absorbed that we miss the pathway He knows is just right for our travels.
    Really good to meet you this week! I hope your weekend is a respite from the week's load ...

  12. It was sweet to meet you as well. Looking forward to getting to know you better. Blessings for a wonderful weekend. And thanks for encouraging our hearts to look closer to Christ and His purpose for us this holiday season. :) xoxo


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