Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A more 'exciting' ending to my day so far

Y'all are too funny. I'm glad my day wasn't so uncool after all. 
The funniest thing about the last post and our Friday night is how it all ended up. When Chris and I left the library...
oh, I'll just continue with my previous post...

7:51- still contemplating if anyone will read my blog again
8:50- ride scooter down to the new building on campus
9- decide to take a walk through and check out the new building
9:15- watch two guys get thrown off a bull on the top floor (a mechanical bull, that is)
9:25- wander around watching kids set up tables, food, a rock climbing wall and a bouncy thing
9:45- talk to one of the desk attendants about what the heck is going on in said new building
10- wonder if we could pass off as students and stay for all the fun
10:05- get back on the scooter and head home
10:10- hear distant yelling and look behind us to see a police officer running after us down the road
10:10:45- pull scooter over and prepare ourselves for a massive ticket
10:15- ride off into the sunset without said massive ticket (whew)
10:25- safe at home... Praise God
10:30- Chris joins me in some PJ dancing to celebrate our escape from the law

Salivating for more information than that? Hmm...

Oh, okay. 

On our way home we get stopped at a red light where the police just happen to have check point (probably a sobriety check). We are stopped perpendicular to the check point and are patiently waiting for the light to change. Did I mention we're the only ones on this particular road? Waiting, waiting, waiting. The light opposite us changes to red and we get ready for our light to go green. 
Nope. No such luck. The other light turns green again. We watch with confusion as cars stream by in front of us. 
And so, we're stuck there (or so we think). This particular light is a 'no right turn on red' intersection and we can't very well run the red light in front of the police.

What to do? What to do? 

We get the brilliant idea to turn around and head down the sidewalk (it's a one way street), because we realize our scooter is not heavy enough to activate the sensors. Thus, we're never going to get a green light. 
So, there we were- riding our little green scooter down the sidewalk, on a one way street, away from a police check point when we hear it. "Hey! You on the scooter! STOP!"

We brake and look behind us to see a police officer actually running down the road toward us with his flashlight in one hand, pointing straight at us. 
Yep. He caught us. 
We were driving on the sidewalk, going the wrong way on a one way street, AND it looked decisively like we were evading a police check point. 
We, I mean Chris of course, explained the situation (I just apologized like 10 times) to the police officer and he let us continue on our way after he ascertained that we were not drunk 18 year olds out for a joy ride on a scooter and then attempting to evade the police. 

We were just dumb.

Yep. That was our night. Definitely a more exciting ending than we had anticipated. 

Chris and I have been reading Romans 5 and 6 this past week and we are working on memorizing some of the passages that are especially encouraging and will be beneficial to recite when we are struggling. 
So we started with Romans 5: 1-2 and now we're through verse 5. I'm sure you all know what passage I'm referring to- you know, the one people always use when you're going through s*&^. I'll admit that I've always kind of disliked it, but only because of how people have used it. 
I think they're using it incorrectly. I can't say for sure (I'm no scholar), but this is just my take on it. 

I think that the 'hope that does not put us to shame' is not hope that we'll never again experience hardships or pain, and then because we have all this character and endurance and hope, we'll be 'better' and not struggle and not have suffering again. 
I think the hope at the end of the passage is connected to the hope at the beginning of the passage: 
'hope in the glory of God'. 
That hope will never put us to shame. 
And that is encouraging

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 
Romans 5: 1-5


Sara said...

That is hilarious Ebe... I wouldn't have known what to do either:) Those are the funny things and times that tie you 2 together... good memories. Praying for you!

Mrs. MK said...

I am so with you...we will not be ashamed on that day! Until then, this life is about God's story. His story that he is writing to show HIS glory....and our pain and suffering is not promised to end until heaven.

Chris said...

And our suffering and our endurance and our character all point us back to Christ Himself, who we were made to know and enjoy forever.
"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him"
-John Piper
I am with Sara, those scooter rides and altercations with the police that tie you and I together. I love you so much Ebe.

Chris said...

typo: are what tie us together.

Traci said...

Haha! We have a couple of tricky lights around here - even if you're in a car, you have to be positioned just so. So glad the officer let you crooks off the hook! ;}