Papa purchased his first new car in July 1966. It was a 1967 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible just like the one in the picture except it was a Robin egg blue with white top and white interior - I was 23 and had been married for a year. Total price I believe was $4162.00. The purchase story is quite unusual.
I ordered this car in July - before the 1967 models were even available. No pictures to choose from, no idea what it would look like. In other words, I had purchased a car that did not exist but I knew it would be available the end of September. Even today the new cars are available in the fall, the year before they really are designed for. The 2010 models, most will be available in September 2009!
Back to my story - well, by September 1966 I was excited - but no car yet! I had purchased it and wanted this convertible before winter set in! :o( !! The dealer kept assuring me it would be in any day now. One Saturday morning we decided to go north in Michigan to see the fall colors and family, a 3 hour drive. I decided to drive by the dealership on the way up north, about 20 miles from home, but on the way. As I pulled in to the dealership I glanced into the showroom window - you guessed it - there was my car! My salesman came out all flustered, apologetic, and said he was sorry he had not told me it was in. I asked when had it came in, he said, "three weeks ago." I went ballistic ! Papa was not a happy camper! He stated that the car was just too pretty not to give it some show room time - I admit, it was a beauty! But it was mine, we had an agreement, I had purchased it. I told him he had 90 minutes to prep it! He did, we laughed and I drove out in my new convertible.
About 2000 years ago Christ purchased us, sight unseen and paid the price. He does not want to give us up. My car had no choice, it was mine, but even though Christ paid the price for our sins, we can refuse the offer. As excited as I was when I looked into that show room window, that is nothing when compared to the excitement that heaven displays when we accept Christ's purchase for us.