Glancing at my watch after I spewed gravel in an arch while parking for a meeting, I grumbled, “Shoot! Ten minutes late! I hate this!”

Dashing inside, I explained to Richard, the leader, “Sorry for being tardy. I have always heard that red vehicles get stopped more. Guess research is right!”

Richard studied me with a smile, and then remarked, “Actually, I know for sure that drivers of red pick-ups, like yours, get pulled over for breaking the law.”

Yep. Police Officer David had called Richard, his dad, before I got there. Busted! Fellow church member David was serving his first day on the job. He had to pull me over for speeding. The young man’s face had been as red as my truck. After several decades of driving down the main drag, I couldn’t claim ignorance of the speed limit.

It was time for me to take responsibility for my own actions. The color of my pick-up was not the problem. It was my foot on the gas pedal.
Remembering the large donation for a previous speeding fine, I flinched.

However, God had gotten my attention. The message: slow down!
“Do not make light of the Lord’s discipline and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Hebrew 12:5-6. God loves me and wants me uninjured and able to do His work.

But just as we as parents had corrected our children, God disciples us. Don’t miss the motive for it all: He loves us. That’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, check her weekly blog on]