The Patriarch was a car guy through and through. When I met him his daily driver was a 1957 BelAir 4-door. He had painted it mustard and custard. I was the only other person he allowed to drive that car. When we were transferred from California to Florida the Chevy was towing a trailer with the 50 Pontiac on it.
This trip from California to Florida was the same one where the state patrol in California pulled me over. No, I wasn’t speeding… he wanted to talk old cars!! He told us up ahead we’d be passing the place where we could see his old car.
Moving every 4 years and living on enlisted pay isn’t conducive to a car restoration project. We kept moving that car. Once in Washington we had to store it for a short time in a storage lot. I can remember the day we went down there with a large can of rustolium and brush painted the entire vehicle in an effort to keep the rust at bay. So nice to know we did. The car still has NO rust on the body.
I had picked out the color for the car. Cream, a rich, deep, creamy cream color. I had even found a tin advertisement that had that same car painted in the beautiful cream color I envisioned. I was going to make us all period style clothes to wear when we drove that car. We had plans to take some road trips.
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.
Last year The Patriarch said he thought it was time to sell the Pontiac. He’d never gotten to any restoration work on it and our budget didn’t look like it would be anywhere near the level needed for a restoration project. I knew it was a hard decision for him. Both boys, Peter Cotton Tail and Arrow, were looking forward to the day when they could help daddy restore that Pontiac. We never did get it listed for sale… until now. It will be listed in the Pontiac Oakland Club’s newsletter. Should be starting in August.
For Sale: 1950 Pontiac Silverstreak-8 Fastback. Body complete & no rust, no glass, no engine. Includes all chrome pieces, hood ornament intact and in great condition. Even has the original window washer bottle in excellent condition. Sold as is. $3500. Please contact me at eMaeRay (at) comcast (dot) net for more details and additional photos. Serious inquires only please.
I am so sorry that I can’t keep it for you boys.
Our dreams are shattered.
First we need to understand the difference between fatalism and what is called compatibilism. Compatibilism is the view that God is absolutely sovereign (as explained above) and yet our choices have real meaning and we are responsible for them. It is what I believe the Bible teaches, and is often called “Calvinism.” Fatalism, on the other hand, teaches that no matter what you choose or do, things will turn out the same. For example, if it is determined that Bill will get an “F” on his test tomorrow, then no mater how hard he studies or how well he knows the material, he will fail. His choices do not really affect what will happen.
Compatibilism, in contrast to fatalism, says that our choices really do affect the future, and that if different choices had been made, the future would have been different. On this view, if Bill doesn’t study, he will fail. But if he does study hard, then his studying will be the means that brings about a good grade. In regards to God’s sovereignty, this means that God does not just ordain the ends (for example, a good grade for Bill) and then say “this will happen no matter what.” No, God also ordains the means to His planned end (for example, God ordains that Bill will study as the means to the good grade that He decreed). Our decisions are each links in the chain of means ordained by God to bring about His planned ends. If different decisions had been made, the consequences would have been
different. But God works to ensure that the means He has ordained will most certainly occur so that none of His purposes can fail. This makes human decisions truly significant and vital.
Excerpt taken from:
If God is Sovereign, Why do Anything? By John Piper
My loss is your gain. Please let all car guys know about this great deal.