We were in Fort Collins last week for Cru's National Staff conference that we have every two years. It's a huge gathering of close to 5,000 staff from around the country that all work under the umbrella of Cru's ministries. We've been going there every two years since 1999. We love Fort Collins-it's actually been named to have the friendliest drivers, claims more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and is one of the top 10 cities in the United States to live. One night we were driving after having dinner out when all of sudden we saw the lights of a police car in our rear view mirror. I had no idea why we were being pulled over (honest) and it was a first for Jon (at least in this town-we won't speak of his earlier years of driving).
We were in a rental car so we fumbled around for the rental agreement. The police officer slowly approached the driver side window and asked if we knew why he pulled us over. Jon said, "No sir, I sure don't". The police officer replied, "We'll, you didn't have your lights on". What a relief I thought to myself. We told him that because it was a rental car we must have hit the wrong switch and assumed that the lights were on.
We started talking more and he asked if we were with Cru's conference and we said yes. He then asked if we still lived in Oceanside. We said yes and he shared that he used to be stationed out there when he was in the Marines. Then he asked what I did for a living out in Oceanside, and sort of confused, I told him that we worked for Cru. Then he said, "Oh, I didn't know that was a full-time thing". I tried not to laugh because I still didn't know if we were getting a ticket or a warning and I said, "Yes, sir, it's a real job". He seemed satisfied with our story and gave us a nice warning. Perceptions can be funny. I guess if I wanted any kind of respect, I should have joined the Marines ;-).