The Flame is gone

I had not been so excited since I brought home a little scooter that he could drive like a motorcycle, I put a Harley sticker on the back bumper and his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. There was only one problem, which I didn’t complain about in the beginning because it was the solution to a problem, it had to be taken apart and put together every time we traveled anywhere because that’s the only way it fit in the back of my SUV. When I would take my dad to church the ushers would gladly help but it would embarrass him to have them helping him out and getting him into the church. Then I did something else. I had never bought a car on my own but I walked into the showroom of Handicap Drivers and handed them a check for 32,900.00 and drove out with a shiny red van that was tricked out with a ramp, a door that slid back when you put a magnet on the tail light, room for my dad to drive up into it and no one had to help him now. But I digress, I could not wait to get home the day I bought it, I jumped out of it and ran up three flights of stairs to tell him I had a surprise for him! When we got down to the garage I had him close his eyes as the garage door slowly opened and revealed that shiny red van parked where he could see the full length of it, he looked at it and tears sprang to his eyes, “Dear why did you do this? I’m not worthy of your spending money on me!” I told him he was worth everything to me and took him for his first ride in the Flame!

Today it was with mixed emotions as I watched my old friend leave this driveway for the last time. I knew I had done the right thing because I gave it to someone that needed it, that’s exactly what he would have done. It served us well and now I pray it serves them as faithfully. I wanted to cry but then I remembered the scripture from Isaiah 43: 18 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”

So I give that verse to you, are you continuing to think about things from the past? I have said many times, “You can’t drive forward while looking in the rear view mirror”, so look ahead, yesterday’s gone, tomorrow never comes, and all you have is today!

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