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Help Wanted … Under Qualified But Overwhelmed

by Rick Robinson

Did you ever feel like God has call waiting, kind of like your telephone, and He switches between the calls He wants to talk to—and you’re the one on hold? Here you are in the most difficult of situations, and God doesn’t seem to be concerned about it at all. If this description fits your life right now, you and God are in a great place to help each other. Yes—I said help each other. Let me explain. There are scores of stories in the Bible to illustrate this, but I have selected accounts of Moses as an example. 

God called upon Moses to help deliver the people out of Egypt. God did not need Moses, any more than He needs us, but He loves working together with us. He is not cold and impersonal, but a relationship oriented God. Trusting us with a task is one of the ways God draws us closer together. Even as God ask Moses to participate in the deliverance of His people, Moses feels under qualified.

Exodus 3:10-11

“Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

God has great patience with Moses, showing Him miracles and proving His power, yet Moses continues to express his own feelings of being under qualified and overwhelmed, even begging the Lord to enlist someone else. 

Exodus 4:10

Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 

Have you ever made excuses about why you can’t do something for God? I am a pro, but He is not impressed with that part of my resume. As Moses surrenders to “help” God with this task, we can see the relationship transformed as he transfers his trust from his own ability over to confidence in God. If you want your relationship with God to prosper, you too will have to look at the truth of His ability, not your own. 

While the people are in the desert for what should have been a short journey, disobedience sends things sideways. There is no meat and fresh produce in the desert and the people grumble wishing they had not left Egypt. Moses is found questioning his own relationship with God, because he is looking to himself for answers. Once again, Moses is feeling under qualified and overwhelmed and perhaps overlooked. Have you ever felt that way? You’re in good company and not alone like you thought. 

Numbers 11:11-15

So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You been so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me? “Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers’? “Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’ “I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome for me. “So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness.” 

Quail would migrate across the Sinai Peninsula in large numbers at certain times during the year, usually between March and April. God brought the birds over the camp of the Israelites with a great wind in the evening, and also wherever they camped for forty years, daily He dropped manna to the ground with the dew. Each family was to take what they needed with no leftovers. God made the manna unfit to eat overnight, so it was of no use trying to store up a supply. Daily trust in the Lord for provision was required. In case you wonder about it as you read, a measure of omer is about 2 liters. 

Exodus 16:16-24

This is what the Lord has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’ The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little. When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat. Moses said to them, “Let no man leave any of it until morning.” But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them. They gathered it morning by morning, every man as much as he should eat; but when the sun grew hot, it would melt. Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.” So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it. 

This was not the normal manna they were familiar with. It melted in the sun, it became foul overnight, and it could be worked into nutritional bread. This was not a normal substance that the people recognized, it was a miracle. 

Deuteronomy 8:3

He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. 

If we want to live in the provision of God and share in deep fellowship with Him, we will need to take heed of these words the Prophet Isaiah wrote. 

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. 

Isaiah used this timeless picture of the heavens, which is a great illustration of the wonder of our God. We cannot even imagine the things He has created. The speed of light is our basic measurement for distance in space (the heavens). Light travels at some 186,000 miles per second. That means a beam of light could travel around the earth several times in one second. We don’t all own rockets, but most of us own a man made car. If you could drive your car non-stop to the sun, it would take over 160 years to get there, yet the light from the sun (God’s creation) reaches us in seconds. How great is your God? Are you still looking for provision on your own standard? Are you looking for a place to serve in your own ability or still making excuses of why you will fail? God wants to provide for you, and wants your help in some capacity. Most of all, God desires an intimate relationship with you. Did you know God has given you manna (bread) from heaven? Will you scoff and complain, or expect daily supply?

John 6:30-33

So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’ ” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 

You and I may be under qualified for certain things and we may be overwhelmed with others, but God is neither under qualified nor overwhelmed. His word will accomplish everything as He desires, and you are a part of that plan—we all are. 

Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 

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Chadwick 1904-1916

The Chadwick automobile was built by Lee Sherman Chadwick in Pottstown, PA by his company, The Fairmont Engineering Works. By 1906 the company had manufactured a total of 40 cars, Not a huge number when compared to mass production numbers, but Chadwick cars were hand built, had innovative mechanical design, and featured luxurious hand-stitched leather seats. There is a lot of conflicting information about this car out there, I have even seen people claiming to be relatives on the Antique Automobile Club of American forums. (I am not saying they are not relatives.)

Like many other early automobile pioneers, Chadwick believed the way to demonstrate the quality of his car was to race it. His challenge was how to turn his six-cylinder chain drive luxury car into a racecar. Chadwick came up with an idea for an air compressor used to force more oxygen to support combustion than would be available in a regular engine. This would allow more fuel to be burned and more work to be done per cycle, increasing the power output of the engine. This is known today as a supercharger.

In the hill climbing racecar photo above you might notice the protective chain cover. The protective chain cover is one of the features highlighted in the ad below. The Chadwick focus on hill climbing and racing was expensive and would contribute to financial difficulties. Lee Chadwick got out of the automobile business in 1912, but his company continued to build cars until 1916.

According to the 1922 edition of who’s who in engineering, Chadwick was General Superintendent of Searchmont (Spelled Searchment in the book, but I think that is a typo–see the ad below.)  Automobile Company of Chester, Pa in 1903 before forming his own engineering firm that designed and built Chadwick marine motors and automobiles. The Fairmont Engineering Works was renamed Chadwick Engineering Works of Philadelphia in 1907. Chadwick had already taken out over 70 patents by 1922 and had over 70 pending.

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Berg 1902-1905

Hart O. Berg began production of the Berg at Cleveland, OH. The Berg was an assembled car sold through their Berg Automobile agents in New York City, Binghamton, NY, Detroit MI and Philadelphia, PA. The Berg was priced starting from $2,700.00 for the smaller 78 inch wheelbase two cylinder engine models with 32 inch x 3 1/2 inch wheels and tires, and three speed transmission. There was also a 90 inch wheelbase car with the larger four cylinder engine and the larger 34 inch x 4 inch wheels and tires and a four speed transmission. The photo above is a 1904 Berg with the prices listed on the top right. Below is a 1904 Berg magazine ad. 1905 was the last year for the Berg, when the Berg Automobile Co. was sold to the Worthington Automobile Co. of New York, NY.

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Acme 1903-1910

The Acme Motor Car Co. of Reading, PA built cars from 1903 to 1910. This company had no connection to the Acme built by the Hoffman Brothers in Minnesota from 1908 to 1911. Since there were two automobile companies in the United States with the same name around the same time, some sources like Wikipedia have reported the history of this car incorrectly by blending facts from the two companies together. The advertisements I have posted here pertain to the Reading, PA company, I don’t own any ads or literature from the Minnesota automaker.

The factory art at the top is a 1906 Acme. Notice the jump seats in the back passenger area. You can see them a little better in the 1906 Advertisement with the door open.

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1929 Auburn

Auburn 1900-1936
The Auburn Automobile Company was established in 1900 when Frank and Morris Eckhart of the Eckhart Carriage Company of Auburn, Indiana (est. 1874) began experimenting with hand built cars. By 1903, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal reported that a single-cylinder, Auburn gasoline engine car for 1903 could be bought for $1,400, including side lamps and a tool kit.

In 1919 Auburn introduced a new 26 hp six, built by continental Engine Company, but it failed to boost sales. Errett Cord became the first General Manager when he was only 30 years old in 1924. Cord’s leadership brought the company new designs and delivered Auburn out of the sales slump.

In 1928 the first boat-tailed speedster was introduced. This car was capable of speeds of over 108 mph at a time when many manufactures were bragging about 60 or 70mph. The design of this car has had long lasting inspiration. There were a couple of companies in the 70’s to build a kit car replica of the Auburn boat-tail.

In 1966, Auburn USA (not related) started building a complete replica Auburn built on a Corvette chassis and drive train. Buick tried that boat-tail inspiration on the design of the 1971-1973 Riviera.

In 1929 the Auburn models were available from $995.00 to $2,095.00. Over 22,000 new Auburns were sold in 1929.

Rick Robinson

The Automobiles of 1929

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1929 American Steam Car

American Steam car 1924-1931 Thomas S. Derr built the American Steam Car in West Newton, MA. The company catered mostly to former Stanley Steamer (1899-1927) customers. The cars Derr built were conversions, using his own engines and boilers, but using mostly Hudson chassis and bodies. The hood emblem and hubcaps bore the American Steam Car name. There were at least 124 makes of steam cars once manufactured in the United States. Notice in the photo, there are no louvers on the hood, giving it away as an electric or a steam engine. I like the louvers, even if they were not functional, they ad style.

Rick Robinson

The Automobiles of 1929

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The Automobiles of 1929

Between 1896 and the Great Depression, there were over 1800 Automobile manufacturers in the United States. In the old car hobby, these car companies that have gone out of business are referred to as orphans. In 1929, the used car buyer would have had a large selection of used cars to choose from, considering all the orphans. General Motors started buying up some of the used cars and destroying them, or shipping them to Canada to keep the new car market open in major cities. When the Canadian auto market was flooded by U.S. built cars, they outlawed shipping cars into Canada. GM purchased factories and founded GM of Canada to get cars into the country. A lot of French printed literature for 1929 GM cars is available for that reason. That is also one reason you cannot ship cars out of the U.S. very easy today. The photo above is a load of new 1929 Chevrolet models coming into the Chevy dealership.

In 1929 when my Pontiac was new, there were still over 60 Automobile makes built in the United States. I wanted to share with you a list and photos of the vehicles that were available for the new car buyer to choose from in 1929. Most of the cars on this list also became orphans. I have used real vintage photographs when I had them in my collection because I think they are more fun.

Life expectancy of an automobile in 1929 was 50,000 miles, but also due partially to the bodies built with an armored wood frame construction, few examples survived this early era of closed body production. GM used this method of construction until 1935.  The photo on the bottom is of the Chevrolet assembly plant. I will post examples of the wood frame of the 1929 Pontiac from my fisher Body manual and photos of the Fisher Body plant.

You will also note in my descriptions, many of the manufactures purchased parts from other companies and assembled them. Fisher Body built bodies for many automobile companies, including Ford, until GM purchased Fisher to assure they would have all the bodies supplied to them they would need. The Continental Motors Company produced engines for various independent manufacturers of automobiles from 1905 through the 1960s. Ford purchased his early engines from Dodge Brothers. Henry Ford was a master at cutting cost to keep the price of his car down. He designed the shipping crates and required them not to be damaged in shipping because he would use the shipping crates for the wood parts to build his cars.

I will continue to post The Automobiles of 1929 (and a few trucks) until I get them all posted. This is a hobby, not my job, so thanks for being patient.

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Thinking Outside the Box

by Rick Robinson

God has given us wonderful facility to think of creative ways to accomplish a task or goal. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s there were creative thinkers working on all types of projects to make life better. By 1909 there were already hundreds of automobile manufactures in the United States, so a creative thinker in Chicago, tried to take his place in a competitive market. A new car company named “Auto Parts” was born. The Auto Parts was a 23 horsepower automobile that sold for $600.00. Where is the creativity in that, you say? Well, the car was available with a payment installment plan. The thing is, the car was shipped to you in pieces you had to assemble yourself. The payment plan was simple–they would ship parts as they were paid for. The name of the car makes sense now, doesn’t it? The Auto Parts Automobile Company was born and died in 1909. Not enough people took them up on the idea, and tweaking the business model of the company never happened.

Other ideas seemed worthy of tweaking. During the First World War, air combat was developing into a valuable asset. At first, guns were carried along to shoot at enemy planes. Some creative thinker came up with the idea to mount a machine gun on the top wing. Aiming the gun to shoot an enemy aircraft down was not an easy task. The creative thinkers went to work and mounted a machine gun in front of the pilot so he could take aim. The trouble with that was, the guns shot the propellers off, and we lost as many planes as were shot down. “No problem!” said the creative thinkers. They added a piece of steel on the propeller blades to stop the bullets that did not pass between the blades from damaging the wood propellers. It didn’t take long to realize the bullets now ricochet back onto the pilot. Finally, a German by the name of Fokker, came up with the idea of a cam shaft to control the trigger of the machine gun to only fire between the propeller blades. Pilots were now free of the Hanna-Barbara cartoon effects of air combat.

When it comes to creativity, God has given us an incredible gift of thinking. Are you thinking you should give up right now, or are you thinking of new ways to accomplish your goals? If God has given birth to an idea in your mind, no matter if it may be ministry, business, or otherwise–He will guide you through the process of how to accomplish His will.

Proverbs 8:12

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

Dwell means to inhabit, so wisdom has taken up with prudence. Prudence is right knowledge for special times, which can better a man’s position in human affairs. Wisdom’s possession of knowledge and ability to construct witty inventions, or well-thought-out plans, makes a grand gift from God.

It is a good thing to be able to think outside the box, but we must never forget what is inside the box. That is, do not forget the creator when you need to be creative.

Deuteronomy 8:17-19

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.

In the midst of being creative and working hard, you should find the peace of God in your life. You may find yourself feeling at times as though there aren’t enough hours in the day. God created the day, therefore, there are just enough hours in each day. We must learn to be good managers of the greatest commodity God gave us, which is our time. I think the words of Marion Harland, in her book, “The Secrets of A Happy Home”, leave us with a proper thought toward stress.

Our Heavenly Father would have us carry one stick at a time, and for this task has regulated our systems-mental, moral and spiritual. We like the presumptuous bunglers that we are, bind the sticks into faggots, and then whine because our strength gives out. The lesson of unlearning what we have practiced so long is not easy, but it may be acquired. In your character as a day laborer, sift carefully each morning what belongs to to-day from that which may come to-morrow. Be rigid with yourself in this adjustment. If you find the weight beginning to tell upon bodily or mental muscles, ask your reason, as well as your conscience, whether or not the strain might be from to-morrows log. – The Secrets of A Happy Home, 1896, Marion Harland

This is what I mean by thinking outside the box without forgetting what’s inside the box. Always give thought and much prayer to your activities. It could be the difference between giving up on an idea, experiencing more failures than necessary, or allowing God to provide what is needed, including creative ideas to accomplish His will.

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