Going, Going, Gone ...

Day 5 of the Tour was a déjà vu disappointment. Rolling down Highway 157 in Alabama, we stopped at Ray White's Antique Cars. We've made the 157 run many times, stopping often to gawk and dream when we arrived at Ray's. Heroes of the past dotted his lot: Hudsons, Thunderbirds, Imperials. They were arrayed in the splendor of patina that only decades of sunbathing can bring. Sure, it was an automotive potpourri, but the scent was pure Americana!

This time Ray's lot left a lot to be desired. I think I know how the oldtimers felt when they saw the bison dying out. The row of vintage Detroit metal on the south side ... gone! The old trucks hiding out in the bushes ... gone! The twins sitting by the old tree stump ... gone! There were a few survivors, but I suppose age and the State are both leaning on Ray to move 'em or lose 'em!

Here are some of the rides we saw in 2010 . . .

Twins
Twins
Special Bird
Special Bird

That was then, when cars were packed like cattle. This is now, when the entire herd seems to be going, going, gone.

Dying Breed
Dying Breed
Gone
Gone

All that is rather depressing, so let me show you some highlights from Day 5 of the Hot Rod Power Tour at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. There were trucks old and new . . .

Old and Haulin
Old and Haulin
Orange and Haulin
Orange and Haulin

There was a 1955 Gasser too . . .

Gasser2
Gasser2
Gasser3
Gasser3
Gasser
Gasser
Gasser4
Gasser4

There were full-sized rides ...

Caddy
Caddy

And tail fins you just couldn't hide . . .

Fins
Fins

There was the crazy and the lazy . . .

Wild & Wacky
Wild & Wacky
Lazy
Lazy

And a tasmanian devil and two old hoots on the loose.

Crusher didn't get me
Crusher didn't get me
On the run
On the run

And what are we to make of this but that all of us are going, going, and will one day be gone. This life is not eternal. We all get that! But God promises one that is. So listen carefully to the words of the Bible:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:13-14 ESV

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Trust in the One who guarantees a life that will not tarnish like patina and cannot fall under the crusher's blow.  

For God so loved the worldthat he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV