Coffee with a Friend sounded like a great idea so I parked the car, paused to decide whether I needed a parking disc or not, and decided I didn’t. My friend actually didn’t turn up so I returned to the car, and there slapped on my screen was a ticket. A Fixed penalty parking fine!
‘Fixed Penalty Notice’
I had been judged and found guilty! There was a price to be paid and it’s a fixed penalty, so no negotiation possible! It was fixed at £60 which was a lot of money to loose. So I drove away shedding real tears of frustration and loss.
Later, feeling sorry for my foolishness I decided to write and apologise for breaking the law, I said that I had not seen any notices regarding discs or payment, and I included the payment of £60.
We might not want to recognise it but the Bible teaches that
‘The wages of sin is death but the Gift of God is eternal life.’
There is a principle here of reaping what we sow. With God sin has to be dealt with – someone has to pay. You could say that it’s a spiritual ‘Fixed Penalty Fine’. BUT God’s gift to us is that Jesus paid the debt in full by dying in place of us, so we are free of the penalty and we do NOT have to pay!
Later, I got a reply from the Government office with this message: ‘We considered your your request and have decided to waive your fine. We will return your money forthwith.’ Wow.
Later upon returning for that coffee, I had a look round, and there displayed quite clearly for all to see, were the signs – Disc Parking! I really had no excuse, and… neither do we with God. ‘For His ( God’s) invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
The thing is; a simple sorry from a repentant heart, is all it takes – then all that is lost can be restored again.
I don’t know about you, but I feel that is something to rejoice about!