February 16, 2018
It shows a lot of wear and tear: balding tires, dented fenders and a bit of body corrosion. The odometer has turned over 66 times, but I’m still driving my 1952 Model Watkins.
It’s traveled all over the world and faithfully gotten me this far on the journey—despite issues with clogged fuel lines, high engine pressure and some major body work (four trips to three body shops in just two months in 1991) plus, in 2008, 42 days up on the rack at an auto specialist to give the rattletrap new life.
The Model Watkins never was a beautiful, luxury model with sleek lines, aerodynamic design and lot of horsepower. It’s more of a Volkswagen van than a Lamborghini, but it’s gotten me safely from point A to point B on this anniversary of its delivery.
It’s always best to follow the owner’s manual and observe navigation system. So, after some wrong turns, dark detours and near-fatal crashes, I finally got out the manual and started listening to the GPS my junior year of high school. It’s not always taken me on a direct path—smooth roads or scenic drives— but I feel it’s gotten me safely to where I need to be at this point of the journey.
But here’s the best part: I am not my vehicle. We all are eternal drivers in temporal tin lizzies. So, I’m looking forward to eventually trading it in on a brand new model built to perfection, unlimited horsepower and infinite miles, but for now, I love traveling life’s highway with my family and friends—despite the sputters, knocks and occasional backfires.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV).
Thanks to each of you who have made this the ride of my life.
Update: February 16, 2018
Just got back from the repair shop for annual routine maintenance. I have a slightly leaky valve and a hose with a bit of a bulge, but all gauges reading normal. I should be good until my next yearly visit.
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