But they kept asking him, "Then how were your eyes opened?"
Traveling back from Jekyll Island one summer, I have a close encounter of the most unwanted kind.
My daughter, Sarah, and niece, Rebecca, are snoozing in the back seat of the van. I'm cruising along at the speed limit, contemplating how good a hot cup of coffee would taste right about now. How far to the next exit?
Out of the blue, a jet-black sedan veers toward my lane. Threatens a side swipe. A wreck in the middle of nowhere.
I slam on the brakes and steer into the emergency lane to avoid a collision.
He swerves right with me!
My brakes are screeching! The girls, jolted awake, scream at the top of their lungs.
The sedan swipes the guard rail before coming to a stop.
My bumper rests only inches behind its trunk.
My heart is in my throat. I'm shaking all over. Sarah and Rebecca are crying.
We stay in the van until we see the driver of the rogue vehicle emerge unscathed. He is on his cell phone. Calling the police, no doubt.
Sure enough. Within moments, we are joined by a state trooper and two county police cars.
We exit on the passenger side, still dazed by what has just happened.
Thankful for what did not . . .
The other driver and I are kept separated. The police officers, one by one, interrogate us in turn.
"Tell me, now, exactly how this happened . . .?"
I tell my story precisely.
Again . . . and again . . . and again . . .
I know they have to keep asking. To see if my story changes. To corroborate evidence.
I grow weary in the hot Georgia sun, but patiently answer each officer.
Wishing they could just take me at my word.
Accept my answers as truthful.
Just stop asking . . .
After what seems like an eternity, I am dismissed.
No citation. No ticket.
Free to go.
And, so many blessings to count.
Have you ever experienced a time when your veracity was questioned? How did it make you feel?
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to be truthful and trustworthy in word and deed. Let our answers to others be accepted and never doubted. May we, too, respect the answers of others. Amen.
Psalms 89:1-18 or 89:19-52
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