Sometimes it takes a hard situation to understand some of life’s greatest lessons. I learned a valuable lesson on the side of the road.
Life UnEdited #24
Lessons Learned on the Side of the Road
The other day we decided to all go to Colby’s baseball tournament on a Sunday. If you know us you know we don’t normally do this. But it was a special occasion so we headed to the game. The outcome of the game was not how we hoped it would be. They lost. So we soon found ourselves driving home.
The drive was like every other drive until it wasn’t. All of a sudden the tire pressure light came on. I thought to myself that’s weird. I began clicking through buttons desperate to find the right screen that read the tire pressure.
There it is… I finally see it. All tires at 40 psi except my back left tire 34. Then I see it happen 32,27,22,17…
“Ty we need to pull over.”
He responds, “do not stop this car we need to get as far as we can without driving on the rim.”
As I continued to watch the pressure drop I tried to stay calm but I couldn’t. We pulled off the freeway trying to get to a tire shop. As I drove I prayed. While I prayed I drove as the pressure dropped I watched the tire in my side mirror get more deflated. And then the psi was too low to drive I pulled off the road as much as I could.
I finally stopped gripping the steering wheel in fear. I turned on the flashers. As I turned the flashers on I looked around and realized that we were not in a great area.
Ty decided he was going to walk to the tire shop for help. There I sat with 4 kids half in the lane on the busy off-ramp of the freeway just passed a blind corner. As I looked in my rear view mirror all I could see was cars flying up behind me in the lane I was half in. At the last minute, they swerved to miss me. The kids and I decided to pray for safety and help.
After that prayer, I told the kids to keep their seat belts on and stay forward. I was bracing them for impact in case we got hit.
Miracles on the Side of the Road
At that moment miracles began to flow. Ty called and found a ride to the store and was on his way back. When he got back he went to work. There I stood in the middle of the lane waving people to go slow. Our kids sat on a patch of grass in the 100 degrees Texas heat waiting.
Then a blue car stopped. He had a jack. He began to help Ty. Within a minute a black truck pulled halfway behind us turned on his flashers and got out. They began helping us as well. Within 4 minutes we had a spare tire on the car because of these good people.
We loaded up and started the slow drive home with our spare tire. With gratitude in my heart for these good people, I realized some lessons that day.
Lessons on the Side of the Road
Miracles never cease.
God is constant. He helps us in our needs.
Never judge a book by its cover.
While we sat there I looked around. As I said before it was not a great looking area. But what I came to realize is how quickly I judged where I was. But the people in this area were the amazing people who helped us. They gave Ty a ride, they stopped and helped, they offered a cool car for the kids to sit in. They gave everything they had to help my family. My family who was in need of help. At that moment I realized to stop Judging a book by its cover because sometimes the best book is one you might never look at because of its cover.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!