At 3:00 a.m. my husband got out of bed. I heard him go downstairs, open the door, and start talking loudly to a man. Freaked me out, so I jumped up to see what in the world was going on.
Before I hit the bottom of the stairs, I could see flashing lights through the patio door.
Someone had driven off the road behind our house, through our yard, and straight into our neighbor’s living room. Into their living room! Then the driver had fled the scene, and police were searching our yard for him.
We watched out the window for a long time. Matt informed me of the escape route he would have taken, if he had been fleeing the scene. He had thought it through, and I love him for that.
Finally we got tired and tried going back to bed, but Matt sighed in defeat and got up again when we heard search helicopters flying low over our house.
But that was only the beginning of our day.
At 6:00 we ate dinner with Governor Mike Huckabee.
‘Cause, you know. We like to hang with our peeps. Peops? How do you spell that?
Actually, the school I work at has a huge fundraising event during the year. This year some very generous friends invited us to sit at their table. Not just any table -THE table. At 5:00 we went to a private meet-and-greet with the governor, where we got a free book (I know!!!), and he signed it and we got our picture taken with him. Then we went to the banquet, where Matt and I sat on his left. And you guys, we didn’t even have to do the buffet line like everyone else but had our food delivered to us.
Anyone who knows us would think, Wow, who paid for them to sit there? Because a teacher and a preacher? We’re not really in the buy-the-expensive-seats kind of lifestyle. We were the honored few, but it was by invitation only.
Do you know how weird it was to smoosh a 3:00 wake-up and police search with an honored guest seat at a banquet -all in the same 24 hours?
This Scripture came to mind:
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV)
As I sat at the table of honor, I had two thoughts over and over:
This is what heaven is going to be like.
And I don’t deserve to be here.
I could have been that man who was literally and spiritually on a road to his own destruction. Except for knowing Jesus. That’s the only difference between him and me.
Do you know how good heaven is going to be?
Escorted to the front. Intimate table conversation with Jesus. Better seats than we deserve.