Lessons Learned on the Side of the Road

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.


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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  • Loni

    I love how you modeled praying to God for help in scary situations for your children. You could have just done this silently but you did it aloud with your children so they could witness God’s protection for them. Praise be to God for sending help!

    August 15, 2018 at 6:04 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Thank you, Loni! Teaching our children through example is really important to me!

      August 16, 2018 at 9:22 am Reply
  • Claudette

    Wow. This will stay with you for a long time. Glad all are safe.

    August 3, 2018 at 6:15 am Reply
  • momlifewithchiari

    So beautiful! God never ceases to amaze us. He’s watching, He’s protective and moving towards His children. I’m so glad He sent angels your way to help you and your family. 😊🙏🏽

    August 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm Reply
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