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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: RIDING THE ROADS IN ITALY
By Theresa Knight
08/22/04

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While my husband and I were stationed in Gaeta, Italy, going to Naples was one of my favorite things to do. It is an easy thirty to forty-five minute drive from Gaeta, depending, of course, on how fast you drive.

One morning my friend Rose and I decided to go to the Navy Exchange in Naples. After making our plans over the phone, Rose arrived about twenty minutes later. Off we went in my car, a 1982 dark blue Firebird. Anyone who knows me can imagine that I had no problem obeying the speed limit signs of 80 and 100. However, those signs mean 80 and 100 kilometers, not miles per hour.

It was October, and the sky was a crisp clear gorgeous blue. The Sunís unusual amber color reflected beautifully on the mountains. Rose and I were going down the auto strata, (a main four lane highway) talking and admiring this scenery when all of the sudden we saw a Caribineri, (an Italian highway patrolman), standing on the side of the road. He had his sign, (a hand held stick shaped like a lollypop), held up for me to stop! However, I was not able to stop as quickly as I wanted, and passed the officer. Automatically I thought that I was in trouble!

There was no car behind me, so I backed up to find out what he wanted. Luckily, he only wanted to know if I had a tag for the front of my car, and I did. In Italy, each car is to have a front and back tag displayed. However, my Firebird did not have a place for a front tag, nor did I have it displayed in the windshield. When I showed the Caribineri the tag, he smiled, and let Rose and I go about our business.

This event makes me think about God and breaking His rules. What does He do when I disobey Him? Yes, He lets me know, and I ask forgiveness! I am a child of His, and I donít have to worry about breaking His rules. Iím not perfect. He took care of my sins when He died on the cross. However, that does not make me free to sin whenever I want! True repentance is not just asking forgiveness, but also making a complete turn around.

I can picture Him when I ask forgiveness. He smiles and says, ď Your sins are forgiven, go an sin no more.Ē That is a wonderful feeling!


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Melanie Kerr 08/23/04
Interesting story. I once drove a car in france and forgot that they drive on the right hand side of the road - opposite to Britain. I hadn't deliberately set out to break the law, but just forgot. Sometimes we think we are familiar with the rules and get a surprise when we find out different.
darlene hight08/23/04
Nice article!
L.M. Lee08/23/04
good use of a life story to explain God's plan.
Marina Rojas08/23/04
This got my vote, I just loved it! I could feel the wind whipping in my hair as I was cruising along there with ya!

This had a great ending!
Kenny Paul Clarkson08/24/04
Your story makes me think how everyday experiences serve as daily lessons in spiritual truths.

Well written, as always.