“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord–you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23).
That night, sometime along about 3 or 4 am, unable to sleep, I did something I rarely do: went into the den and turned on the television. After channel-surfing a bit, I ended up watching one of those true-crime re-enactments.
Law enforcement investigators had painstakingly built their case against this fellow in Jacksonville, Florida, who reported his wife missing on a trip to Miami.
The man told investigators they had checked into a Miami hotel and he went to a fast-food place for take-out. Police were able to check that out. He had indeed bought a sandwich and fries at that restaurant, they found, but only one order. Nothing for his wife.
His credit card showed he had stopped at a convenience store on his trip south. Police searched until they found the store’s video of him at the cash register. They wondered where was the wife? On a long trip, wouldn’t she have gone into the rest room and perhaps bought a drink? Even though the man had testified that his wife had accompanied him on the trip, she was not in the video.
Next, police scanned through hours of video from an interstate toll booth. Eventually, when they spotted his car, the photograph shows no one in the passenger’s seat. The man is alone. So, in the interview room, they asked, “Where does your wife sit when you are driving?” He answered, “In the passenger’s seat.” “Does she ever sit in the back or lie down back there?” “No. Never.”
He was a dead duck.