The officer asked if there was anything else he could do for Rodney, and much to his surprise, Rodney asked if he knew how to pray!
We’ve all seen the red and blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror, signaling that we are being pulled over. There’s nothing quite like that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. For truck driver Rodney Gibson, this was just bad news piling up on an already horribly tragic day. Rodney had just received news that his daughter was losing the fight against breast cancer, and didn’t realize he had been speeding. Until those red and blue light appeared in the rearview mirror.
Indiana police sergeant Todd Durnil got out of his car and noticed that the truck driver was visibly agitated, angry even. After talking with Rodney for a few minutes, it was clear that something else was going on. In an attempt to get through to the driver, Sgt. Durnil commented on an angel pin he saw on the visor, and said it was identical to the one he had in his cop car. With tears in his eyes, Rodney explained the pin was from his daughter, and shared with the police officer about her breast cancer, and the upsetting news they family received earlier that day.
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Sgt. Durnil had decided in his heart to pray for this man and his family, and made a note to ask his church to pray for them as well.
“I also thought, this man already has enough, I’m not going to write him any paperwork for a ticket or even a warning,” Durnil told abc news. The officer asked if there was anything else he could do for Rodney, and much to his surprise, Rodney asked if he knew how to pray!
“Here I was thinking this man needs prayer, and now he’s asking me for a prayer. The good Lord put us together for a purpose.”
The officer went over the side of the semi, took his hat off, knelt down, and took Rodney’s hand. He prayed a prayer for peace and acceptance for Rodney’s daughter and for his whole family. Rodney told officer.com that the prayer sent chills down his whole body. “I will never ever forget this, nor will my family.”