February 12, 2023
Reflection from the Heart of Allan Redenius
The other day, I was chauffeuring my 11-year-old grandson, Noah, from church to home. He is often a deep thinker, and this day was no exception.
From the backseat, he asks of me, “Grandpa, why do we need to pull over and stop when we see flashing red lights on a police car?” To that I replied, “Well, the policeman wants us to pull over and stop so he can safely pass us.” Noah clarifies, “But what about a high-speed chase? You know, when the “bad guy” is speeding away and the police are chasing after him. Why don’t we just slow down? Then the “bad guy” has to slow down, and then the police can catch him.” See what I mean by a deep thinker and a smart little boy? Makes perfect sense to me.
Then I told him, “Well, the “bad guy” won’t slow down. The police car’s flashing lights warn us to move over and be careful. The police want to keep us out of danger.” To that came the next question. “Do the police always catch the “bad guy?” “Well Noah,” I said, “Most of the time, but sometimes the “bad guy” gets away.” There was a pause and then Noah said, “Oh, I see. The “bad guy’s” car is faster than the police car.” I told him, “No, the police car is faster than our car, or the “bad guy’s” car.” “What’s the fastest car?” he asked. “A race car,” I replied. “Then why don’t police have race cars?” More deep thinking that is hard to disagree with.
Then came the deepest thought of all. “So, Grandpa, why don’t the police just radio ahead and have two semi-trucks drive side by side? Then they can go slower and slower and the “bad guy” can’t get around them and the police will then catch him.” To that I just said, “Yep, that makes perfect sense to me!”
Gotta love him and I sure do! 😊
Watch out for the “bad guy!”
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