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I recently heard a presentation from the Carroll Shelby Foundation about their museum and the many Shelby Cobra Mustangs they have on display. When I hear the word “mustang,” I was immediately drawn back to my hey day when driving a Mustang made you the coolest person in town.

Oh, the memories this brought back.  I pleaded with my dad to get a car for months.  “Daddy, I’m going to be the only senior in school that doesn’t have a car.”  To which he replied, “Honey, we only live a block from the high school. You can walk. I walked 20 miles uphill in the snow to and from school. You never heard me complain.”  This went on for what seemed an eternity. I guess my mother must have intervened, because my dad drove up one day with a cute turquoise ’68 Ford Mustang (used, but still good). I was jumping up and down and squealing with excitement. I was literally in hog heaven.

I drove that little beauty everywhere. After graduation, I worked at a local department store. One night I recall getting off work (9:00 p.m.) and walked out to the car. The car was nowhere to be found. I walked all around the store, twice, scratching my head. I remember parking it. Had my dad picked it up? Nope, so  I reported my sweet little ride stolen to the police.

A few weeks later my dad found the car stripped and abandoned close to Fair Park in Dallas. He towed it and had his mechanic put a kill switch on it. It was as good as new … but no one would be stealing it again. That’s my daddy.

I seem to recall I had that car for almost six years. Loved it then, and, after finding out how much vintage Mustangs go for now (especially Shelby Cobra Mustangs), I’m wondering why I didn’t keep it. Oh well … live and learn!

Something else I realized from my good old days memory … my earthly dad certainly took care of me. How much more does my Heavenly Father take care of me! Always and forever!  We rely on those who raise us to teach us everything from how to walk to what a life well-lived means. Our worth is unchanging in God’s sight. God deeply loves His people in the same way that a father loves his child. It is because of who we are and not about our actions.

Thank you, Lord, for your love and for providing my earthy parents.

“Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about us by liking our ministry Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries.

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