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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Police (10/12/06)

TITLE: Someone is Watching You
By Carol Gray


As Mary and Gail drove down Tryon Street at 55 miles per hour, Mary’s eyes were focused on the speedometer which read 65. Suddenly Mary spoke up and said to Gail, “If I was you, I would let up off the gas a little. You are driving like you’ve got lead feet. Do you know you are speeding?” Gail ignored Mary’s advice even though she knew she was taking a chance. Mary set there shaking her head telling Gail, “You never know where the fuzz is hiding.” Gail was not a worry wart, though; she was a chance taker. Mary on the other hand was precautious, and she seldom took chances.

Well, Gail’s luck was about to come to an end. There he was parked behind a large oak tree sat a Henrico County Policeman. Mary saw the police, but Gail didn’t until it was, too late. Gail looked in her rear view mirror; with her eyes stretched as big as tennis balls. She saw the famous blue lights, and she heard the dreaded siren. Mary looked at her and said, “Be calm and very polite.” Gail was nervously looking for her driver’s license and registration card. Mary had good reason to be nervous. Before she left for work this morning, she had changed purses. Unfortunately she had left her license at home. However, Gail was relieved that she did have her registration in the glove compartment.

Mary tried to console Gail by saying, “It will be all right, just be nice.” Sure enough, Mr. Green, the police officer understood Gail’s situation, and he was very helpful. He called in her registration and verified her driving record. Surprisingly the officer just gave Gail a warning ticket and told her, “Slow down, be careful, and keep your license with you.” Gail said, “Yes sir I will, have a great day.” As the ladies rode off, they both looked at each other with amazement Mary said, “The angels of mercy were around us.” They both knew Gail deserved a ticket because she had broken the law. You know what mercy is right--a guilty person getting off the hook free even though they deserve punishment.

Mary took this opportunity to witness to Gail by saying, “You see Gail, that police officer is responsible for enforcing the law. He has been authorized to watch for and catch law breakers. He didn’t make the law, but the law is to protect you from harming yourself and others. You didn’t get what you deserved, that’s for sure. We have an officer who overlooks our mistakes, too. God is the law giver; Jesus is the mediator--the go between God and man.” Some people think they will get by forever, but that’s not true.
Someone is watching every move you make. Records are being kept with exact details. There is a consequence for sin. See Romans 6:23 KJV which says, “For the wages of sin is death…eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That’s exactly what happened when Jesus forgave us of our sins, because we all have sinned. The law of God was broken, and that deserved punishment. But Jesus, our officer of security and safety stepped in and saved us.” Isn’t that good news?

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Sara Harricharan 10/20/06
This could be slightly expanded, the first few paragraphs were a little awkward. E.g. using Mary's name twice in the same sentence.
Good job though! :)
Jan Ackerson 10/21/06
A wonderful lesson in the definition of mercy. A slight problem is the frequent switch in POV. If you re-visit this story, consider staying only in the POV of one of the women. Great spiritual application of a real-life situation.
Donna Powers 10/22/06
A believable story and it was easy to see your point. Keep writing!