I got pulled over for speeding the other day, and now the judge is making me take some classes on safe driving. Frankly, I'm upset about the whole thing because I was totally in control of my car and I've never had an accident. What's wrong with speeding a little bit, as long as it isn't hurting anyone? — J.T.
I suspect hundreds—even thousands—of people who are reading this wish they could sit down and tell you exactly how dangerous speeding really is.
Some of them would tell you how a loved one's life had suddenly been snuffed out—either because they were speeding and lost control of their car, or because someone else was speeding. Others would tell you about the pain and disability they've suffered for years because they were seriously injured in an automobile accident caused by excessive speed.
Still others would be policemen, firemen and emergency medical personnel who have to deal daily with the tragic results of excess speed. It only takes a split-second to lose control of a speeding car. You should be grateful you were stopped before a disaster occurred, and I pray you will listen and learn from these classes.
I can't help but wonder, however, if this situation also a spiritual dimension for you. Yes, you think you have control of everything—but do you? Have you ever realized that you are dependent on God, even for the next breath you take? Let Christ take control of your life and submit yourself to Him. Then you can truly say with the Psalmist, "My times are in your hands" (Psalm 31:15).