As I reflect on the numerous blessings that the Lord has bestowed on me over the course of the past week, I find myself feeling equal parts grateful, humbled, and just flat-out amazed. We serve of God of surprises, and His unrelenting kindness toward me – especially in the seemingly small details of life – amazes me sometimes.
Allow me to explain:
About a week or so ago, the dreaded “check tire pressure” light came on my car again, and I was frustrated, since I was out running errands, and had really never felt too confident putting air in my own tires (I admit to having several talents, but this is not one of them!). Anyway, it was a Saturday afternoon, and I found my way to a facility that was willing to check my tire pressure, and put additional air in there, as needed.
Long story short, as it turned out, all four tires needed to be replaced as soon as possible, as the tread had worn helplessly thin, apparently. I was advised to get replacement tires ASAP, and to avoid the highways in the interim. Due to the lateness of the day on Saturday, I couldn’t get my tires replaced that day, but set my mind to do so first thing on Monday.
And do you know how I recognized that it was a God thing? The service technician at this facility told me, “You definitely need new tires and an alignment, but don’t get them from us! We charge 10% more than what we pay for the tires, and I know that you can get them cheaper somewhere else. Do your research, and get new tires, but not from here.” He then even went on to recommend a couple of places where he knew I could get the tires for much less.
If anyone reading this is a woman who has ever had to deal with maintenance issues with her vehicle, you know how much of a miracle that statement was! Also, he didn’t charge me anything for looking at my car, which I appreciated. I thanked the kind gentleman and then went on my way. I was actually quite grateful to receive this news, as I otherwise would’ve continue to drive on my old tires and potentially put myself at risk needlessly.
So on Monday morning, I called a reputable mechanic in the area, and he told me that if I could get my car into the shop that same day, then he could order my tires and that they would arrive the following day. This was a relief to me, as I had to travel on the highways that Wednesday, and was not going to drive on balding tires!
I took my car in on Monday, and the mechanic told me that it was a good thing I brought my car in when I did, as one of my tires “could have blown any minute.” 😳 Can you imagine? Had my tire pressure light not come on, I could’ve found myself in a situation with an exploding tire, and that might’ve caused an accident or something! So, I ordered the tires, and slowly drove home – on surface streets, naturally – that same day. Once I got home, I did not leave again.
The following morning, I got up and prayerfully drove my car back to the mechanic. By God’s grace, I made it there safely, and the tire held. So I dropped my vehicle off, and had an interesting experience taking Uber back to my apartment (only my second time – I can’t say that it’s something I love, but it got me where I needed to go), and got some work done while I waited for the call from my mechanic.
True to his word, the mechanic called, and the car was ready that same day. I again tried Uber (the driver’s car smelled terribly of cigarette smoke, though, and it really affected my allergies and asthma 😷), and was back at the mechanic’s shop a few minutes later.
And while this was an unexpected expense, honestly, what price can you pay on your safety and peace of mind? I am grateful that the Lord sent this mechanic my way – he didn’t charge me any additional feed (saying, “whatever I pay for the tires is what you will pay for them”), and he was just a really honest, down-to-earth man. He didn’t try to upsell me or anything, and actually showed me his computer screen as he placed the order. He showed me the actual price of each tire, and only charged me that price.
Anyway, I drove away with four new tires, and a greater appreciation for the Lord, who made sure that I was not needlessly placing myself in harm’s way.
And certainly, I could complain about the unexpected expense, but instead, I choose to be grateful for my safety and peace of mind; for not being taken advantage of by two different service technicians; and generally choosing an attitude of gratitude to the Lord for His onongoing faithfulness in my life.
I think the apostle Paul says it best in this excerpt from 1 Thessalonians 5, no? “In everything give thanks…” In everything – even unexpected car expenses!