I love vintage cars.
Given the opportunity, I would love to restore someday some of these pieces of history that made the roads a beautiful journey into the future.
On top of my lists are German-made Volkswagens in the 50s and 60s—and the older the better. I remember my two vintage ‘64 Beetles left in the city of Baguio, Philippines. I have great memories of them.
It has been one of my fascinations to restore an old Beetle. Some car dealers sold me a really rusty, squeaky, and chipped-off paint 1964 Beetle, but in good running condition.
I bought it cash hoping I could restore it in due season. I asked a guy to do the scrape-to-metal restoration process and paid him a hefty price. He seemed to be too good to be true in doing it, but because someone I knew referred him, I naively trusted the guy. Only to find out that the job took so long I almost lose the interest to keep the project.
Nonetheless, when the restoration was over, the Ansal paint and color I chose did something good. I drove that Beetle for a long time with pride since there were only a couple of hundred like me who restored vintage Volkswagens in our city.
Unlike my other vintage Beetle, the engine is not working. It’s dead. I was thinking of making it alive again. But times have changed and the situation of my family is moving towards a different direction. I have to let go of them.
An acquaintance became very interested in buying my “dead” Beetle. A Volkswagen Beetle-themed working space needed it on their new project. At first, I don’t want to let go of my “history project,” but I have to.
Instead, the “dead” Volkswagen was turned into a beautiful attraction. I’m glad that it was reused on something I never conceived of.
The truth is this. Life is like cars. It deals with the ultimate realities of death and resurrection.
The moment I took the key in my hand and drove the newly restored VW Beetle, it’s like the car has a newly resurrected life in it, filled with the vivacity of life.
Someday, we will all die. That’s the reality that death is the most powerful enemy any human being would face.
But death is not the end in itself. There is the ultimate “restoration” of life. It’s called resurrection.
However, in this resurrection, there are two destinies—Heaven or hell. It’s either eternal life or eternal death. Each is determined by your decision to have faith in Christ or face death with fear.
The Apostle Paul’s decision is to face death with faith in Christ, the Resurrection and the Life. Paul said,
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:54b-58).
Because Christ lives again, we have hope over death and the grave. Because Jesus lives, we who trust in Him will also live for eternity. How about you?
Glenn Plastina © 2018