Yesterday was a normal Tuesday for me, except that I seemed to be running late. Heading to Step By Step for a mid afternoon meeting, I was a little on edge about my time, especially since I had to get the donuts for the group, and that is always critical.
I decided to take a book I had mistakenly ordered, the Large Print 12 Steps and 12 Traditions to give away to one of our participants, so I laid it on the drivers seat face up. Coming up Sugarloaf Parkway there was the usual construction with one lane closed ahead. I was getting pretty agitated with all the right laners not paying attention to the signs and trying to cut in front of me, naturally more because of my time constraints. I was growing more agitated by the moment and becoming late.
Finally I turned up a side street leading me to my final destination, and as I was watching many school buses pass I lost track of my speed even though I had gotten a ticket on this road a few years ago. It is actually quite a speed trap, and by the time I remembered that the officer was in front of me waving me over. Now, I am really going to be late.
He asked for my license only, leaned in on my passenger side (when was the last time a cop approached you from that side?), and asked if I knew the speed limit. Yes officer, 35 and 45. He then said I was doing 52 in that 35 zone so now I am thinking no meeting at all, much less donuts.
By the grace of a generous God, he then asked why I was in such a hurry. I said I lost track of my speed because I was running late to a 12 Step meeting at 2 O'Clock. He looked down at his watch, then at that passenger seat, I am sure he saw that mis-ordered Large Print Book, which said 12 Steps and 12 Traditions on it, then said to me, "Okay, you get a free pass today just stop speeding."
I am pretty sure I don't need to recap the lessons in all of this since you are highly intelligent, but I want to add something very important. We never know whether a mistake on our part can be turned into a victory by God, so please never stop believing God can make chicken salad out of chicken soup in any situation.
Oh yes, I gave away that Large Print Book to bless someone else, turns out it saved me more than 10 times what it was worth!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.