I went on a ride along with Officer Frank and remembered his life story. I know his serious side and consider him well educated and very intellectual. He is a prolific reader, known for consuming six to eight books on whatever topic of interest captures his attention. He is a detailed communicator willing to share the wealth of his knowledge with others. During our time together the subject of God came up, but most of our conversation was centered around family, work, and outside interests.
A few months after meeting Officer Frank, I heard he had been assigned to light duty due to an injury he had sustained. He was confined to the report writing room for a couple of weeks processing reports on the computer system and doing telephone police work.
One afternoon I wandered into the report writing room to take a peek at the computer monitor displaying the pending calls for police dispatch. “Pssst” is all I heard as I entered the room. I turned my head and saw Officer Frank’s eyes peeping over a cubical toward the back of the room. “Come here for a minute,” he said. “I want to show you something.” As I moved in his direction, I wondered what this somewhat serious guy could possibly want to show me secretly. When I made it to the back of the room and was under concealment of the cubicle walls, he reached into his backpack and drew out something very surprising. It was a black and bright yellow full-size workbook titled The Bible for Dummies.
Curiosity had gotten the best of him, and he decided to investigate God. He immediately began to explain the first few chapters to me with excitement. He quickly told me about Abraham, his sons, Judah, the Jewish origin, and the Babylonian empire. He had read and completed all the assignments the first few chapters had to offer. He was totally engaged in learning the “truth” about God. Every page of his book was highlighted and underlined. “It all makes sense now,” he said. “I get it!” He wanted me to know, because he knew I would understand and appreciate what many of his colleagues might not.
He told me he was anxious to learn more and wondered if I had any suggested reading on the subject matter. I offered to pick up a few things for him. I supplied the book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and a small arsenal of other resources that would be a fit for him intellectually. I admire Officer Frank and stand in support of him as he works through his faith and searches for truth.
We started a police prayer meeting at my house recently. Officer Frank was one of the first guys to show up. I’m not sure exactly where he is on his journey of faith, but I know God does, and that is all that counts.
Thank you, God, for Officer Frank. Continue to bless him and his family as they travel through life. Lead him to You through simple truths, and help him see all the work You are doing around him and in his life. God, bless Officer Frank!
When you see a cop today, smile, say hello, and lift a silent prayer for salvation.