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Topic: Police (10/12/06)
TITLE: Lessons Learned
By Pamela Kurbat
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I’ve told this story many times since then, and each time I’ve put the police officer in a bad light. “He was hounding me”…”He was being unfair”…”He wanted to find a reason to give me a ticket or make an arrest so that he could fill a quota”…you get the picture. Many years have passed, and I have since come to Christ. Even so, I found myself telling this story to a friend recently, and without thinking about it I put the “bad cop” spin on the story. My friend did not sympathize with me though. She simply asked, “Isn’t it possible that he questioned you because he could tell you’d been drinking?” The fact is, I HAD been drinking. I may have spent most of the evening drinking water, but I’d had alcohol early in the evening, and I didn’t feel completely sober—even during the police exchange. Yes, he found me to be safe to drive, but he had good reason to question the situation, and he had an obligation to make sure I was safe, and that the people in my car’s path were safe. I thank God for keeping me safe that night. I thank God for the stolen plate that was put on my car. Had it not been seen, had I not been stopped, who knows what might have happened. I may have hurt or killed someone if I’d been able to continue on the road home. I thank God for that police officer who did his job and did it well. Who cared enough about me and my fellow citizens to not let me drive away until he was convinced I was okay to drive. I regret painting him in a bad light in my many retellings of the story. I especially regret doing so after having become a Christian, I guess because I feel I should know better. I thank God for the regret I feel. It shows that he’s there and he’s working in my heart and growing me into someone better than who I was. I love you Lord, and I thank you for loving me enough to not leave me the way I am!
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