EVERY ONCE in a while our Lord permits the crossing of roads that guides all persons involved. Of such occasion was an encounter caused by a need for another car. Through several days of newspaper ads and shopping booklets that reminds me now of the benefits we find in today’s internet shopping, I finally found what I was looking for… almost!

 You see, the vehicle I’d originally wanted was a basic two door, nearly indestructible, small engine sedan. My search began in the local shopping rag looking for a picture of a ten-year old slant-six Dodge or Plymouth foremost in my thoughts. That thought persisted for two days,

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until I saw the small ad for a Ford convertible.

 The Ford listed was newer than I’d aimed for, and it had a big V-8 engine. Worst of all… it was a convertible. The telling tale for the sale, however, was the last line in the ad. It said in a typical off-hand remark… “Needs Work, Leaks Oil”

 My transmission overhaul brain kicked into high gear. I thought of a common occurring Cruise-o-matic converter hub seal. Easy to fix on the lift! The price was cheap, so if all else was decent it would be a steal.

 On the way to look at the car I thought of what would need to happen if needing to replace a torn convertible top. However, that dark thought was quickly brightened by my daydreaming about riding with top down on sunny days.

Once arriving at the seller’s house, an elderly woman answered my knock at the door. On the way to the garage

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the Truth; but if we walk in the Light, as he is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

                          (1 John 1:5-7)

Sitting regally in Florida sun, this Chrysler shows the light of grace on its side. The cross laid low in wood.