I remember the night I was new here in the US. While driving along the highways and streets, a police car followed me. “U Oh, I’m in trouble,” I thought.
Immediately, I parked and waited for the officer to approach me. My family and I were wondering what did I do wrong.
“Officer,” politely I addressed him, “What is my offense?”
“Driver’s license and registration please,” he asked. “Did you see me making a signal? Your headlight is on a high beam.”
“Oh no, I’m so sorry, sir,” I apologized while he is checking my information. “We just came from Pennsylvania and I didn’t notice that I forgot to lower the high beam when I entered the route from the interstate,” I explained a little.
Taking a look at the car inside, he asked, “Are these your kids?” “Yes sir,” I replied.
“How old are they?” he said. “Aaah, thirteen…twelve…nine?” I struggled to remember.
“You don’t know their ages?” the officer grinned and chuckled.
I sheepishly smiled, “You know, dads are very forgetful of dates and the like. Are you a father also, officer?”
The officer laughed. “Ok, next time, do not forget to check your lights or you will cause an accident.” He returned my license and registration and I said, “Thank you, Sir!”
He said, “Drive safe and have a good night.” He did not give me a ticket but I’ve learned my lessons.
That incident made me think how important lights are when you journey in the dark. But you also have to be careful that others will not be blindsided.
We all know that a light is needed in night driving. It is very dangerous to travel at night with no headlights. That’s why cars are loaded with different kinds of lights to assist everyone to safely travel down the road and be visible at night.
However, we also know that too much light can cause harm than good. Honestly, I don’t like the glaring LED–not just that it’s a light pollution for me but–because it also causes some trouble that could blindside you and cause an accident.
However, I have to be aware also that my light is properly on or else others or I will be in trouble along the road.
In life, a lot of people go through their journey without their headlights on, while others are not using them well.
When the Scripture says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalms 119:105 ESV), it highlights the power of God’s Word to illumine our lives as we go through time.
It means God’s Word will shed light on your surrounding and help you see your state of being and situation in life. It also brightens your direction in life and enhances you not to stumble when life goes dark and dreary.
A person who does not seriously take God’s Word in life is like someone driving in the dark without his or her lights on.
It’s not a question whether he or she will have an accident or not; it’s just a matter of time.
The best option, however, is actually to have the Word of God and apply it to our lives. Then your path grows brighter, better, and best than ever before.
Glenn Plastina © 2018