Ps 58:11 Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”

Early one morning, I backed out of the driveway and was hit so hard that it spun my car around. When I saw the car coming, I had tried to pull back in but there was only time to say the name of Jesus. A neighbor heard the sound all the way in the back of his house. He went to get my husband and called 911. The driver finally stopped at the end of the block because of a flat tire. When the police arrived, I said, “I tried to move.” Why didn’t the other driver stop? He then wrote ME a ticket and told me if I didn’t sign it he would have to take me to jail. In this state, if you come from private property and are hit from behind, it’s your fault.

I was incredulous but I needed to get to work so I signed the ticket. On my court date, I pleaded not guilty and had all the pictures of the accident ready to tell my side. We had to wait several hours for the officer to arrive. He did not “recall” any of the conversation from the time of the accident. Nothing was going my way. Finally, I asked the judge, if there was anything I could say to change the direction of the hearing. He looked at me, laughed and said no. I was shocked. I felt unjustly judged and was upset. The trauma I felt was more from the attitude of the judicial system than the accident.

I know that a true day of judgement is coming. I will stand before Jesus not in condemnation but to be evaluated and justice will be served. My car was totaled so I ordered a new one. Of course, God promises to reward his children and the new car came with free airfare to visit the factory that built the car in Sweden. Never underestimate the reward potential of God.

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