His look of surprise did not deter me. I looked back down at my check book to continue writing the amount he had just verbally told me.
“You know ma’am, you can’t pay me the fine directly. You have to mail it in,” he said passing the yellow slip of paper through my car window.
Check written, I tossed it on the passenger seat along with the traffic ticket. “I know,” I told him. “Just want to deal with it now so it’s over and done with.”
“Well…” he shook his head slightly, stood up straight. “I must admit that’s a first. Someone paying the ticket before it’s even written.”
I considered his thin, greying hair and assumed his rookie days as a police officer were long ago.
“Glad to give you a first then today,” I said, eyebrows raised, slightly smiling.
Once again driving, my seat belt now secured around me, I thought how unfortunate I was to get a seat belt violation only a three minute drive my home. I deserved it though as I was guilty.
And isn’t that how it often can be? We can ease up on the rules, press the boundaries to the limit, often in those places where we’ve become very comfortable?
Oh, my friend, I definitely have walked to the edge of boundaries. And fell.
Fallen into a messy heap of consequences.
King David’s Messiness
King David too, found himself in a messy heap of consequences when he messed in an area he had no business being in. Instead of going to war in the springtime with his army, he chose to stay home. And walking one evening his eyes wandered beyond the boundary of his palace roof to another roof where the beautiful Bathsheba bathed. He summoned her; he got her pregnant; he got her husband killed, and his son died at just 7 days old.
A string of consequences started in the comfort place of his palace home.
A slip out of a boundary may seem innocent. In David’s case, seeing a beautiful lady on a walk in a familiar place was an innocent activity. But when he took a further step, lingering on her beauty, he began get close to the edge where it is harder to turn back.
He may have felt he could handle himself and would not slip into sin. Or maybe that he deserved the pleasure of Bathsheba, after all his hard work on battle field.
Why We Break Our Moral Boundaries
Pride. Self-sufficiency. Sense of entitlement. Lust. All of these can lead to actions that take one over the edge. And when one boundary is broken, it’s easier to break another, then another. And be quickly swept away like falling into a river’s current.
Believe me, sisters and brothers, I’ve been there. Once it wasn’t until I physically removed myself away from a situation, that the fall broke. And one of the most important lessons (and humbling) I learned:
No one is above temptation. Anyone, even the most righteous like King David, can fall. Click to Tweet
God Helps Us Not Slip Over The Edge
But God gives us the help we need when we stay in the boundaries of His words.
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil (Proverbs 4:23-27).
And seat belts are best to clipped into place before you start driving!
The Adventure Continues
As per my last post regarding starting my winter search for owls, still seeking! Here are a few shots, though, of those smaller creatures in our woodlands.
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