Ok so I got back to Midland yesterday. I have never been arrested in my life but last night I did.
Ok so funny story with a powerful message…..at this moment that I am writing this blog post I have been awake for 24hrs and just recently got home from the Midland county jail. Ok so here the story goes. Wait…. whats a good way to start a story like this? Ok… I know!! On a dark and stormy night….no no no……once upon a time…. Na thats not it, Ok here it goes….
As the brakes of the car squeaked to a halt in the driveway, the police lights began to flash behind the car. I was coming back from a friend’s house and a cop had pulled us over for having our headlights on in a residential area for too long outside of a residence…..well thats what he said. I know doesn’t make sense to me either but Im glad it happened or I wouldnt have this awesome story to share with everyone.
So I am at the house I am staying at and am about to get dropped off and the cop comes to the window and asks for our IDs. So we give him our IDs and start joking around about who would be the most likely to get arrested and just kind of being silly about the whole situation because we thought the cop was just doing a routine stop because it was late and he was just being suspicious because of all the crazy high school kids that do silly things at night in Midland. At this point we were laughing about the whole situation because neither of us thought there was any way that we could actually get in any trouble, both of us thought we were 100% innocent.
Ok so the cop comes back from running our licenses and says “Mr. Batch can you step out of the vehicle.” At this point Im confused and the confusion only was getting started. So the cop then asks…..well…. I mean he tells me “put your hands on top of the vehicle” and then begins to frisk me and pat me down for weapons. At this point I’m getting really nervous, so next the cop proceeds to this “Mr. Batch you have a warrant out for your arrest for an outstanding speeding ticket from 2006 and im going to have to take you in.”
Next he cuffs me and puts me in the back of his car. At this point I’m thinkin “Crap Baron!! you have became a statistic!” I have never been arrested and have never been in the back of a cop car and wasn’t sure what to think. So as im on the way to the county jail in the back of the cop car in thinkin “God what the heck are u trying to show me?”
So after a in depth conversation with the arresting officer about football and the bowl game….yes he asked me about football and I’m not making that up, actually the officer was a really nice guy and made my county jail experience tolerable…. I get to the jail and the other officers that are there say this to the arresting officer “dude how did you catch him!?” and then looks at me and says “If I were you I would have just ran! There is no way he could have caught you” hahaha and that might have made my night right there.
So next Im sat down and fingerprinted, frisked again and then have my mug shots taken and by this point Im feeling like a complete criminal. After this I’m told that once I pay the old ticket they will let me go but first they have to book me and while they are doing this I will have to wait in the holding cell AKA the drunk tank!
Ok so at this point I’m still asking my self “God what the heck are you trying to show me through this?” So I’m thrown in the drunk tank with about 15 other men who mostly are drunk out of their minds. I feel totally out of place and am standing next to the wall and at this point people are starting to recognize me and murmur and point that I’m a texas tech football player and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous in this environment.
So I’m standing against the wall of the jail cell and I’m asking God this “Ok what the heck are u trying to show me?” So after about 3 hours of sitting against the wall in the jail cell one of the coolest things in my life happened. So this guy walks up to me and my defensive instincts are kicking in and he keeps walking towards me. The man smelled horrible and told me that he had been in the jail for 5 days already, we began to talk more and more and he told me about his family and some of his mistakes. He asked me about football and what I was in jail for, I told him I had a speeding ticket that I didn’t know wasn’t taken care of. The man said he didn’t know why God was always punishing him, and at this point the pieces of why God had put me in this situation started to fall into place.
I told the man that God loves him and that sometimes he allows us to be put in situations to become closer to him….even to the point that he will literally allow someone to be put in jail to find him and escape a prison. We talked more and more and exchanged thoughts and then the jail door opened and the jail guard called my name for release. I said goodbye to my new friend and as i walked out of the jail he looked at me and said “thank you, God bless you”.
At this point I realized how awesome God is. Im so excited even thinking about it right now. Think about it…..How awesome is a God that would put me in jail to have me help someone out of their spiritual jail. simply AMAZING. As I sit here and think about this story and how I now have a criminal record, I am so thankful that God chose to use me in that situation. Sometimes we have to play our roles in the story that God has laid out, even if that role seems to suck sometimes God will always get glory out of it, and he will always turn the situation into something good.
So as I’m on the brink of exhaustion from lack of sleep I will wrap this post up with this…..Let yourself be used, dont complain, and play your role in the scheme of God.