Do not be afraid of them for I am with you, and will rescue you,declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8 (NIV)
The drunkard can easily throw me a punch at the city where traffic jammed. If it happened I would have shifted to plan C which is to stop the tricycle at the center of the road. It would cause heavy traffic and I would shout, “A drunk hit me!” Surely he would receive punches from angry tricycle and jeepney drivers, but the drunk seemed wiser, he kept still and never attempted. So I asked him, “Where are you going down?”
He pointed towards a straight direction.
Upon reaching the place, he pointed to another direction outside the city leading to a rice field area. I suspected danger. “I will use my last plan to take him to the police station”.
I veered the tricycle around and sped. The large man commanded me to change direction, but I continued driving without telling him where we were heading. When we reached a crossing, I needed to turn right to the police station but at about ten meters away, a crowd of pedestrians forced us to stop. I found a small gap so I sped and turned right towards the police station.
I called the attention of the police officer standing outside and reported to him that my drunk passenger abused my lady passenger. The policeman asked, “Where is he?” When I pointed to my sidecar he was gone.
“Sorry sir”, I stammered frantically, “perhaps he left the sidecar when we stopped at the pedestrian crossing”, was all I could say.
“Don’t worry, when the lady files a complaint you will be the star witness”, the police officer assured me with a chuckle. For a moment, I thank God, for keeping me and my passengers safe throughout the road trip and for taking that horrible large man out of my life. Afterward, all I could do was scratch my head thinking of the income I lost, hoping not to pick-up beautiful ladies and drunkard passengers again, as I sped away.
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.