Beauty and the Bean
Updated: Nov 3, 2020
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
Let me take you to the spring of my eleventh grade high school year. Mama and Sonya had already made their way to the country. Daddy and I were settling in to our new routine. He quickly realized I was going to need a car of my own because he didn't want me getting stranded if he was playing with the farm animals and unable to get back home when I had extracurriculars to attend. I agreed wholeheartedly and couldn't wait for the car shopping to begin!
One afternoon I had just gotten home from a "glorious" day spent furthering my education, when my sister calls to inform me (more like warn me) that daddy had bought me a car. He would be coming home soon and taking me to pick it up. I squealed with excitement but just as quickly she cut me short to tell me that daddy was very proud of his choice of the motor vehicle he had purchased. It was a very safe car with very low mileage and all its parts were in working order (blah, blah, blah). Get on with the more important things like; what color is it? What kind is it? Would I look cool in my new ride?
She stopped me short to let me know it was a Ford Pinto. Huh? I couldn't quite get the picture in my head of that particular selection but when I did my emotions got the best of me. My excitement dwindled and my shoulders slumped in disappointment (sorry daddy).
You see I already had my dream car in mind. It was a Toyota Celica, white in color with a sunroof. I had spotted it on a car lot I had been observing since the day I was informed that I would soon become an owner of such an important possession. I had already been dreaming of driving this beauty all over town. Being the envy of all my friends...(back to reality). Tammy tried to lift my spirits and in the end told me to please be gracious and thank daddy for this gift. He was really proud of his choice and she did not want me to hurt his feelings...(who me)?
I remember as the salesman pulled my pinto around from being cleaned and spit shined, it was not love at first sight. I knew there was going to be a period of time for us to get to know one another and find that loving feeling.
He was brown in color with a white Starsky and Hutch stripe (you're too young to remember so google it...lol). I climbed into the driver's seat, took a look around and smiled up at my daddy standing at the window and kindly said, "thank you, daddy" as genuinely as I could.
As I drove away from the car dealership that day I knew this was not what I had in mind. My idea of my first car was something so much more in the "look" department. Daddy on the other hand had my safety and dependability in mind, knowing he could trust this vehicle to run smoothly and get me where I needed to go. He felt confident in knowing that it would not leave me stranded unless I fell short of putting gas in it, which I did on several occasions.
For quite some time as I drove this car I still dreamed of the lovely automobile I had longed for on that other lot, and often drove by just to admire it.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:24)
As I got more comfortable behind the wheel of the "pinto bean", as my friends lovingly named him, and began to trust him as daddy did, we formed a special bond and had many adventures together (but that is for another time).
As time past and other vehicles have come and gone in my life I realized that little car took me to so many more places than just where I was going. I learned something about being gracious when given a gift that you never asked for or thought you wanted. Thinking of others feelings instead of your own, and taking pride in something you were first embarrassed of, and being humbled by knowing your self worth is not in things.
"...a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys." (Luke 12:33)
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:34)
I love you & He loves you more!
Dear Lord, Thank You for teaching me what is really important. May my treasures be stored in heaven with You so that my heart will follow. Amen.