Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
I am not a fan of Black Friday, but on November 29, 2013 I went shopping. I didn’t do the kind of shopping most people do on Black Friday. I went car shopping. My daughter went along in place of my husband who is ill. I didn’t really plan to buy a car that day, but we all know how that goes… I ended up leasing a brand new 2014 Chevy Cruz. I was so excited. In our 43 years of marriage we had never afforded ourselves the luxury of a new car.
We had always bought used. But now in our senior years, with not a lot of money coming in and my husband disabled, I felt that a lease would be a good way to go. We don’t put a lot of miles on our cars and it would alleviate the worry and expense of keeping up with the many things which can go wrong with older cars: ie: brakes, tires, transmission etc. Almost everything is covered by warranty and with the lease I would get free maintenance for the first 2 years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. The color of my car? – red. The official name of my car’s color is “Pull me over red”. I didn’t know that at the time however.
Well I haven’t been pulled over, but several other things have gone wrong which cause me to wonder if the Lord is trying to make me realize that new and pretty is not always all its cracked up to be. And so, I would like to tell you all the story of my new car.
About 2 months after I drove it off the lot we were in an accident. It was not our fault. I was driving and had the green light. We were hit in the passenger side by a driver who ran the red light. I was just beginning to enter the on ramp to the freeway and was maybe going 35 mph. The other driver was doing about the same. Unfortunately my husband who was on the passenger side got the worst of it.
He was/is sick as it is. He didn’t need anything else to go wrong. He was jolted pretty hard. He spent the night in the hospital and came home with bruised ribs. What we didn’t know was that his lungs were also bruised, which led to non-viral pneumonia and hospitalization almost 2 months later.
The insurance company determined that the car could be repaired. So 2 months after getting my new car I ended up driving a loner car for 6 weeks. The loner was an old (2006) Pontiac G-6. Remember the ignition switch recall?? Yup the loner I drove had ignition switch issues. It would just turn off unexpectedly at times and I wouldn’t be able to steer it. I reported it to McFall’s collision who owned it. They told me they could find nothing wrong with the car, but to satisfy me they did the right thing and paid for a rental car for me to drive.
I got my new car back about the middle of April. I was so happy and excited to have it back. I thought that finally I would be able to enjoy it. Two weeks later someone backed into me in the parking lot at work. uhg…. I couldn’t believe it! It was just a scratch, but still very irritating. So I went to the dealer and bought some touch up paint to cover it up. That is when I discovered the name of the color, “Pull me over Red”.
All was good for awhile until one weekend my daughter, myself and my 7 year old grandson took a trip up north. We got stuck in stop and go traffic and pretty soon my daughter looked back at my grandson and realized that he didn’t look so good. He was not tolerating the stop and go traffic with the hot sun shining on him too well. You already know the end of this story… Yup, you guessed it. He threw up all over the back seat of my new car.
But that’s not all. About 6 weeks ago on my way to work a gravel truck threw a stone at me and chipped my windshield. I was stunned. I thought to myself…this is getting to be ridiculous! My new car has been in a serious accident, my husband was injured, the fender has been scratched, its been thrown up in, and the windshield has a chip. I don’t think all this bad stuff has ever happened to one of our used cars. The accident was a first for us. I don’t remember ever having to repair a windshield or a scratched fender in our used cars. We raised four children and now have 15 grandchildren. This was the first time anyone had thrown up in our car.
I think I get the point Lord! New is all good and well, but like everything else in this earthly life, it doesn’t last. New cars don’t stay new, new clothes get old and wear out, new houses become old houses, babies grow up to be children, then young adults, then parents, Seniors Citizens, and before we know it, in the blink of an eye it seems, we are called to our eternal home.
Thank you Lord for using my new car to remind me that this life is only temporary and that eternal blessings are waiting for all who love you on the other side. The moment we step over the threshold from death into life in heaven all things will be new, and will stay new for eternity. It doesn’t matter what car I drive here, what kind of clothes I wear or how beautiful my home is. What matters is that I know and am sure of what awaits me in eternity because eternity will never end. I want to spend it with you Lord. Keep my eyes focused on the prize and help me to run my race with perseverance, trusting that through faith in Jesus my crown is waiting for me at the end of the road.
When my lease for the “new” car is up I will more than likely lease another new car, but with a different attitude. I will enjoy it, but at the same time, I will keep in mind that there are more important things in life than a new car. I will remind myself that every material possession I have, comes from God and belongs to God. Earthly possessions are only temporary because this life on earth is only temporary. In heaven God will provide me with all that I need. In heaven all things will be new for eternity.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13,14)
Gloria Dei! Amen.