This photo is an extreme throwback to 2011. At the thought of this post, I was talking to the Lord and telling Him that I didn't have any photos that would be in relation to what He laid on my heart to write on my blog. As quickly as two minutes passed, He quickly said "yes you do, remember the photos that you took in Puerto Rico?" As I pondered, I quickly was brought back to the time that my friend and I were totally joking around with a real cop in Puerto Rico. And to think this picture was so my idea to take(laugh out loud)! It's funny and awesome at the same time how the Lord is SO aware of everything that we do. Now clearly this photo was for fun, but my post is rather serious.
Several weeks ago I drove into a Target parking lot and accidentally parked in a handicap parking spot because of heavy snowfall here on the east coast. It honestly didn't dawn on me until after I came out and saw a yellow ticket on my windshield that I was in a handicap spot. Boy was I upset when I looked on the back of the ticket to read the penalties in cost for illegally parking! Now I have only had one ticket my entire life, and that was when I was a teenager. Fast forward 15 years later I get another one. Two weeks after receiving the ticket, I get a notice to appear in court. Somehow my court date to appear was moved up early so I had to appear today(3/25). I was set to appear promptly at 9am. As I sat seated into the court room, this big guy, the judge, enters into the courtroom in a black robe and everyone proceeds stand. He was well groomed and very assertive. He immediatly greets us and tells us to be seated. There were approximately 40-50 people at the time sitting in the courtroom that morning.
As I sat there in court awaiting my name to be called, I noticed that all sorts of people appear in court from all walks of life and for an assortment of things. Some were well groomed in business attire. Some were disheveled, disabled, and some looked nervous, while others appeared relaxed like they had been there before. As I sat in court hearing individuals being called to the podium, I realized that as you stand before a judge, it does not matter if you are wearing red bottoms or wearing shoes from Walmart. It does not matter how much money you have or don't have-- you will be read the same rights whether you are blue, black or orange.
As I sat in the courtroom, I quickly noted that the judge was a no-nonsense type of judge…he was fair and deliberate, and very matter-of-fact. There was no middle ground with this judge. When he asked you a question, your response better had been black or white, yes or no. He did not tolerate finicky responses. Yet as I sat in court listening to several different cases from the people there, I could tell that this judge actually cared in that he was not just about throwing people in jail or giving them a harsh penalty because he had the power to. Many people were given probation or lessor fines and penalties, and many cases were dismissed. I knew that this judge had children because several of the young teenagers that appeared before him he demonstrated the attributes of a father by telling them stories of actual real life situations, some of which he had experienced. One guy who stood before the judge had a traffic ticket that he never paid 18 years ago! And you know what, the same judge presided over the case! Talk about grace! This man had 18 years to pay the ticket of a thousand dollars and he never did! The judge couldn't believe it! Heck, I don't think any of us could believe it as we all sat there in shock. Needless to say, I'm sure you could envision what happened to that guy. He went away in handcuffs.
Now I've never gone into a courtroom my entire life. Most of the people that I came in at the same time as I nearly all left before I did. Many that came at a later time than I did even left before me. I was perplexed because I thought surely something as simple as a parking ticket would be an in and out procedure. This was not the case. I waited for over three hours before my name was finally called, but while I continued to sit hearing cases, The Lord began to walk me through His word in my mind. He reminded me of how just like the judge, He is merciful and compassionate in the same way that this judge was. The Lord reminded me that His grace rains on the good and the bad, and upon those that know Him and do not know Him, according to Matthew 5:45 in the bible. As The Lord continued to impress upon my heart and mind, I instantly remembered reading in the bible how one day we will ALL stand before a spiritual court, the thrown of God to be judged. The book of Hebrews chapter 9:27 reads "and as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement." The book of Revelations chapter 20:11 reads "and I saw a Great White Throne and Him sitting at the top of it, from whose face earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them." Do you know what that means? It means that once we die, our soul exits our mortal body and stands before God to be judged. We will not get another opportunity to return to earth to make whatever wrong, right. God will judge us based on our works(what we did or didn't do for Him), and the forgiveness of our sins and the entering into Heaven will be solely based upon our belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ while on earth. I truly believe that everything that we look at in the natural sense has a spiritual perspective behind it, so, just like standing before an earthly judge to be judged, we will be tried and judged before a heavenly God.
Well, in my case, I was TERRIFIED to be in a court room and can't imagine having to stand before a pure and just God only to hear HIm say "exit to hell" because I never took the time to get to know Him. Let me tell you, when I got to my car after leaving court I repented of EVERY sin that I have ever committed! That experience truly brought life to God's word. I would admonish everyone to truly begin to seek God and accept His Son Jesus into your life. I truly believe in the days to come, everyone will get a witness to who God is-- The Judge over all.