Ode to Jaws


If you have known me for an extended period of time,  you have probably met Jaws.

Jaws is my car.  I have driven him since I graduated from high school.  He has been very good to me in our thirteen years together.  (Did I really graduate from high school 13 years ago?  I must be getting old…)

Every time I have turned the key,  he has started.  His heat and air conditioning still work. I have not had any major problems. I had to replace the catalytic converter,  but that was still under warranty.

On the way to my parents’ house this afternoon I was praising God for Jaws.  He has been such a blessing.  We have been through a lot together.  My prayer the past two years has been that he would last until we move to South Korea.

As I was thanking God for my car,  I was almost teary-eyed.  God has definitely answered my prayer. When it’s time to say goodbye to Jaws it will be like the end of an era.  Jaws has taken me to college, my teaching career,  my job at KPC; we have been to the mountains,  spent a summer in Atlanta.  Jaws has taken Clarissa and I on some adventures already. So many memories in that car. I often wondered how long he would last and what kinds of memories Clarissa would have of this faithful little car. I was thinking that I should have someone take a picture of us with Jaws so we can remember.

We parked in the driveway today.  I brought Clarissa in the house and we were getting settled in for an afternoon visit when the doorbell rang.  Three times.  Very quickly.  The neighbor shouted,  “Call 9-1-1!”

A woman was driving down the road,  jumped the curb and hit Jaws.  He was just in the driveway minding his own business.  He swung into Dad’s car.

Thankfully Clarissa and I were already in the house and no one was injured.  Jaws had the worst damage of the three cars.

It will be interesting to see if the insurance company totals the car or decides to fix him. I have been praying that God would give us favor when we need to sell the cars.  I wonder what God is planning on this one. Will we get more if they total it?  Would the trade be worth more if they repair it because they would make him look better than before the accident?

In the meantime,  I will wait.  Thankful for my car and all of the ways God has used this car to answer prayer in my life.

Update: It took the insurance company less time to decide Jaws was a total loss than it took to send a tow truck to pick him up. Sadly, I have said goodbye to an old friend for good. But God did answer my prayer. The day that Jaws was hit, Tim got his official job offer for a position in South Korea! Another answer to prayer is that they are giving me double what I thought I would get for Jaws.


Oddly enough, Jaws was in this exact spot when he was hit. Dad’s car was in this position too, although he has a different vehicle now.

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