Model “A” Ford

I had an interesting conversation last night with my brother David.  This is not unusual because all of our conversations are interesting.  The conversation somehow turned to “hindsight.”  I am always looking for a subject for posting on this blog.  We talked about how our hindsight is much better than our foresight.  So, what is hindsight all about?  It is recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence or the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event.  So, bearing that in mind, I thought of a couple of stories from the past.

My brother and I would visit my mother’s parents during the summers of our younger years.  We called mother’s dad “Pa.”  The Model A Ford above is not a picture of Pa’s auto and he didn’t drive automobiles.  He tried once, but that’s another story.  That story involved him buying a new Ford and on the test drive, drove into the barn and pulled back on the steering wheel and hollered “whoa!”  He had always driven a wagon pulled by a couple of mules and they responded to a pull on the reins and the command whoa.  This time, the Ford didn’t whoa and he crashed through the gate at the end of the barn.  He never drove that Ford again.

Back to my story about hindsight.  The Ford was used for carrying vegetables from the farm to either the house or to the farmers’ market.  The Model A needed some alterations to be used as a truck.  The entire back had been cut out and a board flooring had been added.  Use your imagination a little bit and you will be able to see a pickup with a roof over the bed.  Well, the kids were allowed to ride in back  and hang their feet over the end of the bed.  This wouldn’t work today, but our maximum speed was probable 10 to 15 MPH.  Pa never drove, so one of my uncles was assigned this duty.  I can remember sitting on the back and dragging my big toe through the sand on the dusty road.  It was mostly sand, but there would be an occasional rock and as luck would have it, the rock would find my toe.  At the speed we were traveling it never was a major injury…just a little stinging and throbbing.  This is an example of the realities of hindsight.  We were riding and looking out the back at where we had been rather than looking forward to where we were going.  We could see that there had been a rock in the road ahead of us, but we were not prepared by foresight.  And it was a little late to take action to avoid what had already happened.

Another story I thought about was not from my childhood, but from Pam’s early years.  Her father’s parents lived in a small town in the mountains in Virginia.  They would take summer vacations in Virginia.  There were six kids in the family and they traveled in a station wagon.  This was before Interstate Highways and the trip was a real ordeal.  It took three hard days of driving on narrow highways and part of the trip was through the mountains.  One of Pam’s brothers always caught ‘horny toads” to take on the trip for the Virginia cousins.  He always rode on the last seat in the back of the station wagon with his shoebox of horny toads.  The back seat faced the rear, so the only part of the trip he was able to see was where they had already been.  So, he experienced three days of hindsight.  I am unable to tell you what went through his mind during this backward trip, but knowing him, I can imagine.  He was a sort of mischievous kid and Pam told me this morning that he usually managed to let his shoebox lid come off and his horny toads spread through the station wagon.  There were four girls and two boys, along with mom and dad, and I can only imagine the reaction of the girls.  He probably had some foresight on their reaction because he had seen it on previous trips.

I am not trying to say that hindsight is not important.  It is very important if we see the reality of our prior actions or decisions and learn from it.  We can use hindsight to make better decisions and avoid bloody big toes and/or punishment for our horny toads “accidentally” getting loose in the station wagon. 

In the Bible, God used prophets to speak to the people about what is coming in the future and pointing out the effect of their decisions in the past.  The lesson for Israel was to use their hindsight in making current decisions that would impact their lives in present and future times.  Foresight may seem hard at first, but it is a God-given ability that is based on faith.  We can’t change our yesterdays or even our tomorrows.  Only God controls our todays and tomorrows and we are able to have a peace that is beyond our imagination by placing everything in His Hands by faith.  Each day of our lives is a lesson to be learned and used for God’s blessing in our tomorrows.  He truly “Has the Whole World in His Hands.”  The end result of the realities of hindsight and the faith in foresight is to bring glory to God.



One Response to ““HINDSIGHT””

  1. David Black Says:

    Very good. Amazing how fast you put all of this together. I love the way you tied it back to God.

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