We brought in the New Year with my son and daughter and grandchildren in Michigan. It was an interesting and challenging week that I had hoped to complete by taking my grandsons to church on New Year’s morning. Ethan (8) and Tyler (4) were a joy to be with throughout the week and I thought going to church with them would be a good thing to do. Because Central Michigan was scheduled to get 2-6 inches of snow on Sunday afternoon, I thought it best to plan to go to a church with an early service time. So one of my first tasks for 2012 was to round up my grandsons to go church around the corner from their home that advertised a 9:15 AM worship time. But guess what, they were only having an 11 AM service that day. As we drove away I thought of another church that we might stop at to see what time their service was held.
As I pulled into the parking lot of the 2nd church I noticed flashing red lights and police car pulling up behind me. I was being pulled over speeding (in the church parking lot). I didn’t know I was speeding so I asked the officer “What is the problem Officer? I am on my way to church with my grandsons.” He told me I was speeding and I asked him the speed limit and he told me 25. I stated “I didn’t even see the sign”. My grandson Ethan quickly pointed out that he had seen the sign (I think his comment was fortunately out of the officer’s hearing).
How many times have we heard that ignorance of the law is no excuse for violating the law? James reminds us in the 2nd chapter of his short epistle when he writes “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (v. 10 NIV). Boy, what about that speed limit law, I wonder how we are all doing with that? The officer never did tell me how fast I was going but I am thankful for the mercy he extended in not giving me a speeding ticket. That would not have been a good way to start the new year. Even more importantly I am thankful for the great grace and mercy God has extended to me through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I hope your New Year’s morning was better than mine. I trust and pray that 2012 will find us walking humbly with our God and serving the Lord Jesus Christ with hearts filled with praise and adoration. I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist who tells us in the 37th Psalm, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (v.4). May we be found delighting ourselves in the Lord in 2012.
All for Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo