Revelations from an ageing Ford Fiesta

Revelations from an ageing Ford Fiesta

Revelations from an ageing Ford Fiesta

by Dave Carter
16th October 2020

I have briefly mentioned my car in previous blog articles, an 18-year-old Ford Fiesta. It is a source of great joy to me and the subject of some ridicule from everyone who knows me. I come from a family where cars are not high on our list of priorities, and we tend to drive them until they die and only then consider new options. Somehow my Fiesta keeps on rolling, despite its advanced age and a variety of issues.

I think this may partly be due to the fact that, having driven it for so long, I am now well aware of its limitations and know how to drive it so as not to cause it too many problems.

I know that the clutch is a bit temperamental and that if you rev too hard after changing up from 2nd to 3rd gear then things get rather noisy.

I am aware that, due to some eccentricities with the electrics, I can either charge my phone or have the air conditioning on, but not both at the same time or everything just stops.

I also have a good feel for how long a journey I can manage in it before it gets tired and the acceleration drops off. Don’t ask me how a car gets tired, it just does. After a mission trip earlier in the year with a long drive home, I swear it was grumpy for several days afterwards and wouldn’t go as quick as normal. It seemed to get over it in the end.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to have a car where I didn’t need to take these things into account. Nonetheless, it is my car and I’m very fond of it. Sometime soon it is likely to go to car heaven, at which point I will declare over it “well done, good and faithful servant”, but until then we potter along together quite happily.

Driving it the other day, it made me think of how God helps us through life. He is fully aware of our weaknesses and eccentricities, and nothing he ever asks of us will break us.

I fully believe that in his eyes I am declared righteous, glorious and holy. I am also aware that I am still being sanctified and have some weaknesses. God knows these and takes them into account. He knows there are situations where I can’t accelerate too well and he’s patient. He knows that, like my car’s electrics, I have limited capacity and may need to focus on one thing at a time. He recognises when I’m tired and helps me to rest and recover.

And I know that, crazy as it sounds, he is fonder of me than I am of my car.

I hope you recognise this in yourself. God loves you unconditionally, and you are his pride and joy. He knows what you struggle with and he sets you up to succeed despite this.

Jesus is fully perfect in every way, yet he knows what it is to be human.

Hebrews 4 : 15:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Jesus knows your struggles and knows you better than you do yourself. He loves you and will do great things through you, being fully aware of what you find difficult. Jesus sets the standard for what can be achieved as a human and is our ultimate example.

In light of this, I should probably mention one key difference between you and my car. You are being transformed from one degree of glory to another. Expect things to improve, expect to grow and to become more powerful with every year that passes. Each year, your MOT will demonstrate how you are stronger than last year.

Unfortunately, I can’t say the same of the Fiesta…