“Don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long…” Micah 7:18b
On our road trip to New York, my daughter Susan braked and said, “Oh darn! I’m getting pulled over.” The highway patrolman approached and said, “Do you know why I’ve pulled you over?” Susan said, “Could it be that I was speeding?” The car she rented had no cruise control. Susan added, “My mother and I were in a deep discussion about Trump.” He said, “That must have got your heart beating.”
As the patrolman sat in his car writing the ticket, I prayed he would have mercy on Susan, as I felt guilty I had distracted her with political conversation. He did show mercy, giving her less than ten over instead of fourteen. For a minute Susan was angry with herself for not paying more attention to how fast she was driving. I said, “Okay, Susan, I’ll give you 15 minutes for a pity party, and then you are going to give it up and enjoy the rest of the ride.
Later in the day, I heard Susan burst into laughter. She had read the patrolman’s narrative of the incident which said, “Stated she looked down and noticed she was speeding and had been in a discussion with passenger regarding Trump.” We are hoping the judge will find humor in this also.
Lord, help us deal with our anger appropriately. Amen.