Laura adjusted her eyeglasses as she left the eye doctor’s office for a routine checkup. Her vision was fine, but at the moment, she was seeing about as well as a moose with cataracts.

I hate getting old. I can’t believe that dilating my eyes would turn out like this! She shook her head to see if it would make any difference and bring things into focus. It didn’t. Oh well, I’ll just stop at my favorite fabric store while the drops wear off. It’s only a little way away.

Getting into her F-150 Mustang, she dawdled along in the slow lane and started turning into the fabric store parking lot. But flashing lights and a siren got her attention even though the car behind was little more than a grey blur.

The young highway patrolman peered at her license as he noted the bespectacled senior driver. Laura began, “Now, I know I wasn’t speeding, so why did you stop me?”

“Ma’am, are you all right? I’m pretty sure this Mustang goes faster than 30 miles per hour.”

“That’s what my highway patrol friends tell me. They usually stop me for speeding.”

“Well, you weren’t speeding, but you were going too slow. That’s ‘impeding traffic’ in cop terms.”

“Oh, well that’s a first. I just got my eyes dilated and can’t see very well. I’m waiting for the drops to wear off.”

“Why didn’t you get your husband to drive you? You’re Harold’s wife, right?”

“Yes, but he’s playing golf today. Besides, I’ve never had this happen before.”

He talked with her a while, then offered, “I will follow you home this time.”

Laura, the dawdling F-150 Mustang and the highway patrolman arrived intact shortly after. He walked her right to the door. Laura and her law endorsement escort got more attention in the neighborhood than the Christmas parade.

Protection and guidance: a real need each day.

King David wrote, “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.” [Psalm 25:4-5]

It’s a well-founded hope to be led by a guide that can see ahead no matter what the weather or conditions. There are times in our journey home that we may only be able to see as well as a moose with cataracts. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to let a divine hand guide us? Leaning on God and looking to the shining light of Jesus for guidance, we are gifted with both protection and guidance. That divine vision and direction is always clear, totally immune to dilating eye drops and dawdling Mustangs.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]

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