Policeman Stopped Me On My Way To Church
One night when I lived in Blue Island, Illinois I was in a hurry to get to church and if you know Blue Island they have train tracks all over the place. The real problem is that trains will pull up in front of you and stop and sit on the track in front of you for a hour or so. I came to the train track and the railroad crossing arm was down. The train was stopped a ways down the tracks so I decided to go through it otherwise I was going to be late for church. Well when I went through a policeman saw me and he hit his lights right away and came after me.
Before he came up to the window I put my Bible in the front dash so he could see it. As soon as he approached he ask me if I knew what I did wrong and I told him I did, and I knew I was wrong. He ask me what could be so important that I would go around the railroad crossing arm when it was down. I told him I was going to church and I was going to be preaching at the service. Dr. Delashmit was out of town and I was ask to preach in his place.
The policeman looked at me and said, "What do you think the people of the church would think if they knew you went around the railroad crossing?" I told him they would probably tell me that I was setting a bad example.
He told me he wasn't going to give me a ticket but that before I got up to give the sermon, I had to tell them what I did. I told him that would be embarrassing and he said I had a choice between that and a ticket. Well, I told him I would tell them and he let me go with a warning.
When I preached that night I told them what happened and I thought I would never live it down. Every time I came to church someone would say, "Hey, did you drive around the crossing arm tonight?"
I learned my lesson and I never did that again. Sometimes God uses things to teach us valuable lessons and this was mine.