Totaled or Lessons from a 91 Buick

How do you determine the value of a car? I checked websites and was prompted to answer questions like these:

  • How old is the vehicle?
  • Who is the manufacturer?
  • What model?
  • What engine?
  • How many miles?
  • What condition is it in?  and even
  • What color?

I wanted to calculate the monetary value of our old Buick, the car my dad saved up to buy many years ago and later gifted to us, the car my son drove to school and work, the car that was in an accident a few weeks ago.

The insurance company has calculated the car’s value and estimated the cost to repair. Just by looking, without careful computation of the old Buick’s worth, we all reached the same conclusion: it’s totaled. The cost to repair exceeds the value of the vehicle. The old Buick will be towed to a salvage yard, where its only worth is now is in the sale of salvageable parts or as scrap metal.

What is the value of an old car? Compared to the safety of my son and his passenger–not much. When I first got the call about the accident, I didn’t care about the condition of the vehicle. I wanted to know that the people in the car were all right.

Look at the birds of the air; . . . Are you not much more valuable than they?   Matthew 6:26   NIV

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How do you determine the value of a person? If we examine ourselves, do we  see missing headlights, rusted fenders, and cracked windshields? Are there too many miles on the odometer?

Whether we are damaged from accidents or the effects of aging in the elements, we may feel we’re only fit for the junkyard. We may think we’re totaled.

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But when Jesus looks at us, He sees us at our showroom best. He sees what we could be–what we were meant to be from the beginning. We are a priceless car, one so valuable that it is worth any amount to restore. Our cost to repair never exceeds our value.

 

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Restore us, O God;
    make your face shine on us,
        that we may be saved.   Psalm 80:3   NIV

We are worth the hours and years and even a lifetime of work required to restore us. We are worth all the effort and pain poured out to save us from the junkyard.

Jesus’ love is what makes us valuable.

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Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.   Luke 19:9,10   MSG

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And someday, when the final repair is done and the last bit of chrome is polished, we’ll be ready for the wedding feast!

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!   Revelation 19:9   NIV

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photos of 1931 Model A Ford Roadster by Barb Briggs

Posted on November 20, 2015, in Devotional and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Uplifting words and beautiful photos. Thank you.

  2. I love what you finished with the best, “And someday, when the final repair is done and the last bit of chrome is polished, we’ll be ready for the wedding feast!” Amen sister!!! So good! I found you at Thought Provoking Thursday!!! Many Blessings!

  3. As someone with a lot of miles on the odometer, I am looking forward to “showroom ready”. Thanks for the words you write, Connie.

  4. I’m so glad He sees me through His eyes of love!

  5. Beautiful words about God’s love–we are never too broken, too damaged for Jesus to restore! This is the gospel message for the world.

  6. I love the comparison you made here, Constance! And I adore the thought of Jesus seeing me as a shiny, valuable, brand-new showroom car🙂 My husband and I drove away from our wedding ceremony in a car very much like your image above!

  7. Looking forward to that day! In the meantime, thanks for your efforts at bringing our hearts into alignment with God’s values!

  8. Love your analogy and your pictures. I also love this statement. But when Jesus looks at us, He sees us at our showroom best. He sees what we could be–what we were meant to be from the beginning.
    Thanks for linking to Word of God Speak.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  9. Saw much of this.. the photos … that’s I’ve seen recently, in and around our nation. Sure grabbed my attention. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Beautiful message and beautiful photos, Constance! What a blessing to visit with you today! Thanks so much for sharing! GOD bless you, Love!🙂

  11. Constance,
    This was such a profound truth you have offered here… beautiful. This was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the message of hope you are sharing with us, “We are worth the hours and years and even a lifetime of work required to restore us. We are worth all the effort and pain poured out to save us from the junkyard.” Sometimes, we just realize that there are more than just quick fixes, but He is interested in the eternal changing. So good!
    And glad to know that the priceless people were not harmed in the accident.🙂

    Blessings,
    Dawn

  12. Great post, Connie! Loved your analogy here – and so thankful your loved ones are safe!

  13. Jesus’ love is what makes us valuable. Yes! This is a beautiful truth that we can depend on; it makes everything better when we believe it! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Such a beautiful analogy! Praising God that He sees as fearfully and wonderfully made! Those are words that I can wrap my brain around. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  15. What a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, His Creation He yearns to redeem. Such beautiful truths that are so easy to stop believing, if we allow our past to determine our future, rather than our God. Thank you for linking this up to #TellHisStory. I’m so glad I got to read it.

    And what a relief that only the car was damaged! Praise God for His Protection.

  16. I’m so glad your son and his friend wasn’t hurt! That car looks scary! And I love what you have gleaned here from this experience. So many days I feel like a wreck. I’m so grateful for the grace of Jesus Christ.

    • My son was able to walk away with very minor injuries. His friend walked in and out of the ER, although he was quite sore in places. We are thankful!
      It is certainly the grace of God that keeps us from being declared “totaled.”

  17. Lord Jesus, thank you for making me ready for the wedding feast! A beautiful reminder of our great worth in His eyes. I’m thankful your son had only minor injuries.

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