2017-10-03 - You Can Run, but You Can't Hide
Normally our neighborhood is pretty quiet, crime-wise. In fact, that is one of several reasons that we moved here. But recently, we had a little excitement only a few miles from our house. One of our deputies was pulling over a young woman for a violation. She pulled over, and he thought she was stopping. Suddenly she pealed out and went screeching down the road at 100 mph, in an area where there are not only residences, but also a state park. When she whizzed by the park, there was a weekend festival occurring. People sometimes wander out into the curvy, quiet road as they stroll through the park - and it was truly a miracle that no one was injured that Sunday, as she was a menace on the road. She finally wrecked her car upside-down, but before the officer could catch up to her, she fled on foot through the woods. I was fretting that she would get away, and it would be a long time before they found her, but the deputies just wouldn't give up. Of course, they could have called in the tag on her car and waited for her, for she eventually would have to return home - assuming the car wasn't stolen. But since there was nothing else pressing, they searched the area thoroughly for a long time, and then they received a phone call from a woman whose house she had stopped at for a restroom break. Don't ask me why she went to a private residence, when there were public restrooms available at the park, where she could have blended in with the throng. The officers rushed to the house, and one stopped her as she tried to slip out the back. :::whew::::
Richard and I both have worked in the justice system. I always want the perpetrators to be apprehended and arrested immediately, especially when they have been committing violence against someone or endangering public safety. I get upset when they get away, because I know that isn't true justice. I admit it; beginning in childhood, God made me a criminal justice warrior. God has given me a passion to help the vulnerable victims - part of getting people off the street is trying to prevent future victimizations, and I get mad on the behalf of the victims - righteous anger. I want the perps off the street NOW, so the person can not molest any more children as long as he is behind bars, cannot beat up his wife or girlfriend again (though sadly that respite is usually temporary), cannot steal anything else from the frail elderly people, cannot hold a gun to anyone else's head for their car or goods etc.! Richard sometimes tries to remind me, "they will eventually mess up, and they WILL be caught." He is inevitably right, I know. But for me, that just isn't good enough. I want justice, and I want it now!! It took a couple hours, but this young lady was taken to jail, and it was well-deserved, as this was no simple traffic offense; a car is a deadly weapon, when you drive it recklessly! She could run, but she couldn't hide forever.
That is how it is with God, isn't it? Sometimes, if He is calling us to do something, we try to avoid Him. Perhaps we don't pray as often, or we simply pray hurriedly. Or we may just stay busy, thinking God won't interrupt us. But it is pointless, for He is always with us and He will "catch up to us."
Psalm 139:7-10 (NASB)
I encourage you to join me in asking God to help us see when we are trying to run from His will, and help us submit.
All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.