The Buick Key

Behold I will do a new thing: it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)

They are the words every parent prays not to hear. “Mom, I’ve been in accident. Can you come to me?”

My heart felt like it had decided to be in my throat. “Yes, I’ll be right there. Are you ok?” 

“Yes, I’m fine, but the car is demolished.”

The burgundy Buick was the least of my worries that rainy October Friday morning. Kristin, on her way to school, was waiting for the traffic light to change. She looked in the rear view mirror to see a Ford F150 pick up truck sliding. It stopped when it crashed into the rear of the car.

I was thankful she was fine except for a sore neck. As the broken glass from the rear glass was swept into what looked to be a huge dustpan, I stood in the misty rain and said a prayer of thanks that the shattered glass did not injure my precious daughter.

The car was beyond driving. The tow truck arrived to take away the crushed and twisted piece of metal that had once been the Caudill mode of transportation. The Buick was a dependable car. It transported all of the Caudill household members to different obligations. I had grown quite fond of the vehicle since it was a dark maroon color, comfortable, and easy to drive.

The Buick was replaced by a Dodge Spirit. As I would fasten my seat belt then reach for my keys, I noticed I would try to put the Buick’s ignition key in the ignition of the Dodge. I had a different key for the new car.

“Well, that isn’t going to work, why do I keep trying to start the car with the Buick key?” I would notice this after I had tried to jam the key in the ignition. My habit was to reach for what I used to use to get me to where I was going. But the Buick was gone. I had a different mode of transportation, the Dodge.

Isn’t that how we react to change? “I’ve always done it this way. But, in the day of the new millennium, attitudes have to change. Just like I had to learn to use a different key to get the new car on the road, each of us has to deal with change. New ideas aren’t comfortable, maybe it’s a road that hasn’t been traveled, but if the Buick key doesn’t work, learn to find the key that will work for new situations, new adventures, and new horizons.

Now, where are my keys - I got things to do and places to see.

Lord, if change is what I need for me to know more about You, then let it happen. Amen.

Thought: I want to be made new for His purpose.