This past Monday, I was on my way home after picking up Jamie at school in Rogers and spotted a Benton County Sherriff’s vehicle traveling about 55 miles per hour in the middle lane of I-49.
I was in the right lane and passed him...please note that the speed limit on that section of I-49 is 70 miles per hour...even though I was only traveling 60 or 65 miles per hour. A car changed lanes in front of me and I applied my breaks.
The Benton County Sherriff then pulled in behind me and turned on his lights. My first thought was “Oh, great!”
As he walked up beside the car, I took off my seat belt to get my wallet out of my front pocket and then put the seat belt back on.
The first thing he asked me about was the seatbelt! I explained and he said OK. Then told me that my driver’s side brake light was out.
After taking my license, registration, and proof of insurance to his car, he returned and gave me a verbal warning about the brake light (he also told me my registration and insurance were expired...turns out I need to clean my glove box out!).
So we drove home and I went to a local parts store and purchased a new brake light. I thought I’d replace it in the parking lot, since sometimes I need a little help with simple automotive procedures.
As it turns out, when I had replaced the bulb the last time, I apparently didn’t get it all the way in and it had fallen out of the socket. After asking an employee for suggestions and failing to retrieve the loose bulb, I drove home and took off the whole light assembly and was able to get the bulb out.
I put it in the socket and the light lit. It turns out it wasn’t working because it wasn’t plugged in.
We are told by Jesus to let our light shine (see, for one, Matthew 5:16). So is your light shining?
If it isn’t, perhaps it is because you are not quite plugged in as solidly as you need to be and the vibrations on the road of life have caused you to come lose from the socket (Jesus).
So, before you end up “pulled over” by the “sheriff of this world” (a.k.a. Satan), do a quick check and make sure you are plugged into Jesus.
Remember, if you’re unplugged from Jesus, you can do nothing (see John 15:5 where Jesus is the vine and we are the branches).