My first car was an old clunker. It was a light blue Chrysler and I’m not sure of the year (late 1950’s or early 1960’s) but it was definitely old. It had what I would describe as “wings” on each side at the rear of the car, and a convenient hole in the driver’s side floorboard where I could empty my soft drinks and coffee. Ha!
Strangely, it had an automatic transmission but no “P” for park; I had to put it in “N” for neutral and pull the parking brake. This would have been fine, except for the fact that the parking brake was broke. So, I had to open my door and throw a wood block under the front tire to chalk it in place. The real problem came when I’d miss the tire and have to hurry out of the car, get the block from wherever it landed, and wedge it under the tire before the car rolled too far. Good times! Ha!
Hey, I was 16 years old, it was 1970, and I was happy just to have my own car, even though it was a clunker.
It basically got me from point A to point B, and it had an AM radio, which was always tuned-in to either pop or rock music. 🎶
The problem was my sense of direction; it wasn’t very good. I was always getting lost. I remember crying on more than one occasion because I was lost. This was the point when I first began thinking how cool it would be if my radio could please just tell me where I was, and how to get to where I was going. I was on the edge of brilliance (😂) but somehow fell short of inventing GPS navigation.
In 1972, I got a major upgrade; a brand new 1972 Camaro Rally Sport in Mojave Gold, complete with rear spoiler, an AM/FM stereo radio 🎶 (woo-hoo!), an 8-Track Tape player, lots of pop and rock 8-Track Tapes, and I graduated from high school, all in that order.
Fast forward to today, I drive a 2019 Jeep Grande Cherokee. It has a beautiful Pearl Red exterior color, and my favorite interior feature: Car Play with access to my iPhone apps, media, contacts, maps, and more.
Lots of changes.
Much for the good.
Of all of these changes over the past 50 years I’d have to say that the greatest change has not been in my cars,
but in my heart,
and in that which I choose to feed it.
The change in my heart came in the mid 1980’s when I repented of my sins and surrendered my heart to Jesus. The choice of what to feed it followed in the days after, up to and including today.
“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4
So these days,
My favorite thing to listen to while driving is Christian talk radio. My favorite station is AFR, a Christian Talk Radio Station based in Tupelo, MS. That station, combined with my favorite iPhone apps, Truth for Life with Alistair Begg, One Passion with Steven Lawson, and Grace to You with John MacArthur; and some of my favorite Christian Podcasters, like Allie Beth Stuckey of Relatable, and Jan Markle of Understanding the Times, have been a godsend in my life. There are many more great pastors, teachers, and Christian leaders I like to listen to, but way too many to mention them all. Suffice it to say that I’m thankful 🙌🏻 for each one of them. They, along with Bible study and prayer, help me keep more “in tune” with God and less “in tune” with the world.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
So, how cool is it, that my getting lost when I first started driving, and my desperate hope that the radio would tell me where I was and how to get to where I needed to go, has actually come true in my life,
in more ways than one:
Thanks to my Car Play maps and navigation system, I no longer get lost.
Thanks to Christian Talk Radio and my favorite iPhone apps that guide me in my walk with the Lord.
Thanks to the Lord,
“I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.” #JohnNewton
By the grace of God,
I know who I am, (a sinner saved by grace).
Where I am, (in Christ Jesus)
Where I’m going. (In the world but not of the world; on my way to heaven one day in God’s perfect timing.)
“Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.” Jeremiah 42:3
And enjoy the ride along the way.