This has not been a good year for cars in our house. Back in May we had to turn in a lease vehicle, which meant we had to find a new car. We visited a couple dealerships and settled on a 2011 Chevy Malibu. A fine, fairly modest automobile. Six short weeks later, on Memorial Day, blammo! The car was struck by lightning while parked in a friends driveway. Airbags went off, horn was blowing, wipers on, cooling fan on, and all this without even having a key in the ignition. Pretty cool, huh? Well, it took a little while for the insurance company to decide what to do with the car, but after investigating for about a week, they decided to total it. That car was six weeks old and had 1500 miles on it. Time to buy another car. We call the same lady that sold us the first one, and ask for one just like it. So far, that one is still with us.
Now, I don’t know how you feel about it, but I think the car buying process is about as exciting as going to the dentist. You have to figure out what you want, find a place to buy it, and then you practically wretch over how much you’re going to have to pay for it. The good news, however, was that we were only going to have one car payment. I was still driving the 2004 Malibu, and the plan was to drive it for a few more years, then pay off the new Malibu, and buy a new car to replace that one. That way we would always only have to deal one car payment. What can I say, I’m a genius. Have you ever heard the saying “if you want to make God laugh, make plans”?
That brings us to last Thursday morning, the accident. No more old Malibu. Now, I’m not complaining about the loss of the car. I’m actually just thankful to God that everyone was ok. Cars can be replaced, people can’t. So, now the Malibu has to be replaced. I’ve spent the last two days looking at every source I can imagine for car listings, Craigslist, Ebay, Cars.com, AutoTrader.com, and probably a bunch more I’m forgetting. I have no idea what I want. New or used? Luxury, midsize, compact? After all this searching I was beginning to go a bit crazy, so I started thinking – WWJD, What Would Jesus Drive?
The only evidence that I could think of was that he entered Jerusalem on a donkey. Pretty humble wheels for the King of Kings, don’t you think? I know that the donkey was necessary to fulfill an Old Testament prophesy from Zechariah. But what if he entered Jerusalem in modern times, would he have driven in an old AMC Pacer perhaps? Or, maybe he would have rode in on an old, beat up moped? I’m not sure exactly what he would have rode in on, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been a Cadillac, and for that reason I’m crossing Cadillac off the list of possible replacement vehicles (let’s just pretend for a moment that I can afford one). That only leaves me without about five hundred options remaining. Did I mention how much I like buying cars?