I like tickets. I used to keep the stubs from movies that I really liked or concerts that I had been to. My favorite are free tickets because, well, I’m cheap.
This was not that kind of ticket.
This was the kind that you get for not wearing your seatbelt on Memorial Day weekend when there are extra patrols cruising the boulevards.
And it was not free.
Today, I paid that ticket and as I walked into the courthouse offices I was struck by how many nice people there are. The officer at the x-ray, metal detector station was very friendly. The people going in and out were friendly. The person that I paid my money to was friendly. Truth be told, I was stinking friendly.
Mainly because I was wearing my church t-shirt and it wouldn’t be good for me to be a jerk wearing that.
As I walked away I was talking to God about how much I had to pay. I had hoped that it would be $45-$50 for a seatbelt infraction. It was not. His response was so Godly, “Remember, my God will supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” That’s Philippians 4:19 for anyone interested. Yep, right there in the Bible.
“But I got a ticket for doing something I shouldn’t, that’s not included God.”
But you know what, my Daddy says He loves me so much that He can even take care of my mistakes. Not so I can do whatever I want but because He loves me. He walks with me through everything. He wants me to succeed.
On the flip side, there’s my tithe. That’s where I pay 10% of my income to my church to help them and honor my King.
I was afraid this week to pay my tithe because I knew what my bills were. But by God’s grace, I did it.
That was a ticket too. And one I liked a whole lot more.
In both circumstances it is about trust. One was an obligation and one was an invitation.
And if I trust, I get to watch the performance of a lifetime. My God, who created universes, my Lord and Savior, who conquered death and the slavery of sin, wielding His hand of mercy and generosity and touching my heart, my soul, my finances, my family as His glory is revealed.