50,000 on the Nose!

Posted on July 23, 2021


By David Ettinger

I was stopped at a long light on my way to work this morning and was greeted by a pleasant sight as I looked down at my dashboard. Fortunately, I had enough time to pull out my phone and capture this 50,000-mile milestone.

Of course, 50,000 miles is no great shakes, but as a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ, it gave me the opportunity to thank God for His gracious provision. Since 1988, I have had 3 cars, and the Lord has given the first 2 long lives. I look forward to Him doing the same for this one.

I purchased my first new car, a Mazda, in 1988. Living in the spaciousness of New Mexico, I amassed 275,000 miles on that one in just 9 years (1988-1997). The day I hit that milestone, I said out loud, “I’m going to make it to 300,000 miles!” That night the engine died as I pulled into my driveway. So much for prognostication!

I then purchased another new car, a Honda Civic. That car lasted 19 years (1997-2016) and gave me 225,000 miles, including my move from New Mexico to Florida.

When “Old Faithful” finally had had enough, I purchased my current Hyundai Elantra on December 16, 2016. It had just 7,300 miles on it. Because I don’t drive nearly as far as I did in New Mexico, I have averaged less than 10,000 miles a year on this one, and I pray it too will have a long, healthy life.

So thank you, dearest Lord, for your gracious provision regarding my driving endeavors!