“Open your mouth and taste, open your eye and see – how good God is.” Psalm 34.8
Today I met the definitive expert for the British classic car known as the Gordon Keeble. Ernie Knotts first purchased a Keeble in the late sixties and kept one or more of them for over thirty years. Recently he decided it was time for a new car in his life, a Ferrari sits where the Keeble had been.
I am not sure just what I expected to fine. Whatever I thought it was going to be it wasn’t. The drive up to Brackley came with incredible vistas and beautiful countryside. My expectations of a workshop in the middle of a busy center were met with farmlands, signs for the cattle auction yard, and sleepy communities. The vision of a new building with the latest equipment was met with a quiet wooden building at the end of a single-track road filled with Keebles and Ferraris.
As Ernie and I spoke I began to see the other side. Here was a man who knew all about Keebles; the good, the bad, the insides, the nooks and hiding places. Here was a man who genuinely cared about the car, history, and taking care of number 63 (my car). Here was a man interested in stories. As we talked I realized that I would always be a part of Ernie’s life, if only as one of number 63’s care takers! Ernie explained the intimate details of my car. He explained the history, of repair and development work done on the car, of the potential to bring her back into her proper state in life. Ernie loves Keebles. Ernie is a friend. Ernie is a god for Keebles.
I wonder if I look at my God that way? Do I realize he genuinely cares about my past, my future, and me? God knows all my strengths, few, and weaknesses, many, and still pursues my heart. God knows I will let him down, I will run away from him, and still he loves me. You too!