While driving down the road for morning Mass, I saw that dreaded white flash which all drivers fear. I was shocked, and immediately thought — oh no, that was a speed camera flash for sure.
Of course, looking back, I did not have anyone to blame but myself. I was traveling at 80km/hr even though the speed limit was just 60km/hr. But at that moment, I couldn’t help but pass a remark out loud: “I made the effort to get to early morning Mass, and now I’m caught for speeding!”
Nonetheless, I prayed hard that I would be let off.
The letter indeed came, and lo and behold, I was just given a warning, instead of a $150 fine and 4 demerit points. God is indeed merciful and kind. Despite me passing a remark that blamed God first instead of my own carelessness, I was still let off.
I was no different from Adam when he was confronted by God: “The woman whom YOU gave to me, she gave me the fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Gen 3:12) His complaint was twofold — one towards God, one towards Eve. The bottom line was, he did not blame himself first, much like I did for my speeding.
Regardless, God is ever so compassionate despite our shortcomings, failures and let-downs. He is always ready to help and redeem us. Even in all the small things.
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