I had the privilege of having to visit 201 Poplar (courthouse) this morning for a ticket. The ticket was only five miles over the speed limit and in order to keep it off of my record; I had to go to court. Now, I’ve never been there before so when I walked in and saw the lines and the crowd, I was blown away. I mean lines were wrapped for as long as you can see. It didn’t dawn on me until after I left that this was a teaching moment for me, I’ll tell you why. Firstly, I got in the wrong line when I got there and although, I was only in the wrong line for a few minutes (because I overheard someone say), it could have turned out terrible for me. Why? Well, I was in the line for Division 2, when I actually needed Division 1 and the difference in the two was about 60-70 people, literally. I was so grateful my ticket said Division 1 and that I was ear hustling at the right moment. See, this made me realize that sometimes we can get into the wrong line while we are on this journey yet all we have to do is listen to our Master who will steer us to where we need to be! Yea, we will make mistakes but God forgives us! Yea, we will get in the wrong line, maybe more than once yet God will move us along, if we would just listen. For Proverbs 2:1-5 says this, “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.”
Then I moved to where I needed to be and there were about 20 people in front of me, so I waited. This lady came out and gave me the piece of paper I would hand to the other lady in the courtroom and I waited some more. The line was moving and I finally moved into the courtroom and I still had to wait. – The lesson here, you have to wait your turn. Stop rushing! What is meant for you will happen, in God’s time; which is the appointed time! Stop rushing! Stay in your line and wait. Oh then I moved up to the lady, handed her the piece of paper and in 2.5 seconds she said, “It’s dismissed Mrs. Johnson, keep this for your records,” handed me the piece of paper back and I was on my way out. – The lesson here, it doesn’t matter what man say; God can dismiss the charges. Somebody might be saying, girl they do that for everybody with tickets like that. And I’ll reply, so does God! It doesn’t matter about your past, God can dismiss the charges. It doesn’t matter that the odds are stacked against you, God can dismiss the case! Stop worrying about the cost, He has already paid it. All you have to do is make sure you have the best lawyer that money cannot buy. God wants to be paid with your praise!