Sunday, December 27, 2009

The tire incident...

What happened to our family on Saturday evening as we neared home was one of those crazy events that you can't imagine what you would do if it happened...until it happens!
Thankfully, I didn't have to do anything! God certainly knew what He was doing when He provided me with a my manly mechanical man!

Here's a brief synopsis of our ride home:
*Leave Estherville driving on slightly icy highways
*Decide to take a desserted snow-packed county road rather than deal with the ice
*Stop in Ft. Dodge for amazing tacos at Taco Tico (not really pertinent, but these tacos are so tasty!)
*Hop on a four lane highway to catch the interstate since their roads are clear and we can travel at normal speeds
*Get to our town and run the car through the wash quickly since it's so snow/ice packed
*Decide to take side streets home for fun

THEN, while traveling around a round-a-bout, suddenly Cody says, "Oh no."

For a guy who never reacts, that's like hanging on to an electric fence out in a pasture and grabbing my hand so I get the brunt of the shock...

Cody opened his door, popped his head out, and said, "I think our tire just broke off. Don't move."

Thanks. It's super easy for me just to sit really still in a car with three anxious children...

I, of course, very submissively, say, "What?" and hop out of the car. (That wasn't submissive?)

Sure enough, the tire was all cock-eyed...not properly attached at all!

Thankfully, it wasn't a worst case scenario in so many ways!

The tire had literally fallen off but had fallen in a way that caught the vehicle by the rotor so we didn't completely crash down on the ground. Although there were some "things" on the tire broken off and missing, it looked like the tire could be put back on. (according to Cody...I had no idea what we were looking at!)

There are so many little details that only God can receive the glory for in what transpired...
*Cody was driving slowly, so the damage was not serious.
*We had arrived in our town, very close to home and not still on county snow packed roads.
*We were not still going 70 miles an hour down the road watching our tire fly off.
*Our awesomely kind neighbors, who happened to be snowed out from their trip to Arizona, happened to be home, happened to have a tire jack, and happened to say "yes!" when I called and pleaded for help! They are seriously the most kind, helpful, generous neighbors!
Cody and Mark were able to get the tire back on, even with a few pieces broken off and missing.

As I was reviewing all these events with Cody, I was raving about how blessed we were that God had protected us and shielded us from serious danger. He was hesitant to have me post this story because so many times we brag boldly about the protective hand of God on us when things turn out well, but what if things had turned out differently?

What if that tire had just flown by us on the interstate causing us to have a severe crash? What if the tire had fallen off on one of those deserted county roads in the nine degree weather? Would God have been any less in control of the situation? Would we not have counted that situation as a blessing?

God has a sovereign plan for our lives. Plans that are meant to bring glory to Him. We pray that this small trial did indeed bring glory to Him. We also pray and trust that in the big trials of life, we will continue to bring glory to Him. Our lives are never going to spin out of His control, His care, or His love.

1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing, Londa! What a wild adventure. Glad you were all safe and sound! I'm encouraged from your reminder to glorify God in everything - not just the things that make good stories, but everything else along the way! Thanks!!!

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Wow!! That is an amazing story, Londa! Such an awesome testament to God's protection. It is so cool when things happen that God's hand is so evident, you just can't deny it or take the credit.
So cool!!

Mandi said... glad everyone is ok. I think about the "what if's" in life so often, too. Little do we know, really, how much MORE God does protect us from...I believe.

Amanda said...

I am SO glad you were able to share this and that you chose to see the good things and how God has His hand in everything we do!! Well done and I am so glad you are all ok!


une autre mère said...

Wow, what a crazy night! I'm so thankful that God kept you all safe!

Erin said...

So glad you were kept safe. That could have been a wild ride. God is sooooo good!

Bea O'Problem said...

Z said, "Yes... I was right...oh no, wait, I shouldn't be happy about that."

We are having a raclette meal tomorrow night at church. In years past I have gone through 2-3 pounds of cheese & that was just to keep up with the grandmas. They do love their cheese.