My heart sank as I listened to the voice on the other end of the phone. Several days earlier, my car had been totaled and the day before I had sent the title by overnight express to my insurance company so they could issue payment to both myself as well as the lien holder.
The title to my vehicle had been received the next morning but now I learned there was a problem. My husband and I had signed on the wrong line.
The title to a vehicle is a legal document. You can't simply draw and arrow from the name on the wrong line to the right line. You can't cross it out and sign the name yourself. That is called forgery. You cannot say, "Oops! Sorry, that was just a mistake. They didn't mean to sign it there, they meant to sign it here so we will just overlook the mistake and pretend that they did. Also you cannot fax or email a copy of it so that the seller can simply white it out, sign it once again and fax or email the copy back again. It is not that simple. A copy is not vaid. It must be the original and if you messed up, then another original must be ordered whether the car is headed for the auction or the scrap heap.
I had to wait another day to receive yet another packet of paperwork. In the presence of a notary public, we had to present identification and sign documents that stated we had made a mistake and we were the sellers, not the buyers of the said vehicle. We also had to sign and notorize documents giving our insurance company limited power of attorney so they could obtain a new title on our behalf that would list them as the buyer. Then I had to ship the documents overnight once again this afternoon. Fortunately, they kindly included another prepaid label so I didn't have to pay the postage.
Eventually I will receive the settlement but not after having had to go through a great deal of trouble to get back to where I had started. It could have been so simple but I didn't do things the right way and the wrong way was unacceptable. Sometimes there is no wiggle room. There are some things that have to be done the right way and that's that!
This got me to thinking about how often we don't want to do things God's way. We think His way is silly or too hard. We may even think it is unfair. We say things like, "All roads lead to God." when the Bible clearly says there is only one way or living a good life, trying your best to do what is right should be good enough. The problem is, it isn't. Not just anything can wash away our sins and make us a new creation. Not just any old thing can cause us to be transformed and moved from death to life. We can't fudge it, we can't present a "copy", we can't say, "Well, I know I didn't do this but I meant to do it so isn't that sufficient?" No, it is not.
Whether we like it or not, we must do things God's way and there's no other way around it.