Monday, July 29, 2013

My Little Green Car

The little green Honda Civic that taught two sons to drive stick shift, and made it through 7 years of my middle son at college and law school is now my car. My spacious mini-van will be daughter Asherel's vehicle as she drives herself to the Community College for her dual enrollment classes this coming semester, since it is big and safe. Besides that, I have only just begun to teach her to drive a stick shift car, and it takes a while to be safe and proficient.

Despite loving my big, safe and easy to drive Honda Odyssey van, I am enthralled with my little lime green hatchback. I discovered that while it is a tiny car, my kayak fits inside when I lay the back and front passenger seat down! All my kayak gear fits neatly beside the kayak, and I then sit happily in the driver's seat, the queen of all I survey. (Which isn't much but that is ok, because I never wanted to be a Queen anyway.) Not only is the little lime green car incredibly cute and compact and zippy, but it gets about a zillion miles per gallon. Since the river is 25 minutes from home, it makes sense that I take that 15 year old eco-friendly car to kayak destinations.

People smile at me in my little green car. They wave, and point at the kayak impossibly nestled snugly beside me. I feel happy in the little Civic. I am a small woman and this little car is just the right size. I love my safe big van, but this little car is scaled more appropriately to my size. In general, I have a tendency to like wide open space, limitless storage for all my stuff, the potential to expand....

But I feel very safe and contained and spartan in this little no frills car. It challenges me to think about how little I really need and how far, far beyond that I tend to desire and accumulate. For example, my iPhone memory is almost full! The culprit? My photos. And I accumulate more photos at an alarming rate. I can buy more storage on the iCloud so I can keep accumulating photos...but maybe that would not be best. Maybe, I ponder as I sit so contentedly in my little green car, I should just be satisfied with less.
Proverbs warns us: Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes. (Proverbs 27:20 NIV) And Psalm 90 reminds us: Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14 NIV)

Satisfaction rests not in the endless expanse of our possessions, but in God's unfailing love.

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced. (Psalm 63:2-8, 11 NIV)

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