Have you ever had something happen that just left you feeling like, “What in the world?!” How did you respond to that? We had a moment like that over the weekend…
Periodically, Allen and the girls will bring me lunch at work and we’ll eat together. It’s a nice break for all of us and Allen and I relish these “dates” in my office’s break room.
This last Friday, on their way to my office with the best sandwiches in Alaska, one of the tires flew off Allen’s truck. We aren’t quite sure what caused it, other than maybe it wasn’t seated right when he changed to his winter tires. Nonetheless, the truck spun twice and ended up in the opposite ditch, with the rogue tire 100 yards down the street.
So when I got the text that said, “We won’t be able to have lunch today. A tire just flew off my truck,” I promptly called Allen and said, “WHAT?! What in the word?!” And I started praying.
Some praises from that situation:
We spent the evening praying, wondering, “What are we going to do?!”, and debating our options: Take out a loan and buy another (third-row seating) vehicle. Be a one-car family (for as long as possible so we could save for another vehicle). Fix the truck (with unknown repairs for an unknown amount of money).
On Saturday, we prayed some more. Allen was able to jack up the truck and take a look underneath. We were expecting the worst: twisted axles, ruined brake drums, the works. What he found was best-case scenario: only the bolts that hold on the tire were warped/bent and needed to be replaced. Everything else looked fine.
On Sunday, with the help of a friend from church, the guys were able to replace the bolts (for about $3.00 each), double-check everything underneath the truck, re-seat the tire and wheel, and take a test drive. Results: no issues.
On Monday, Allen drove the truck to a tire shop where they checked the wheel and performed a vehicle inspection. Results: a new wheel for the tire and a green light that everything, truly, is okay.
We are so thankful for the safety the Lord granted our family this weekend, for the wisdom he gave Allen in checking the truck and the help of a friend to get things done, for the grace of two different companies in helping meet our needs, and for his provision.
Some pictures of the incident:
God is good and we are blessed.
Some other praises and prayer requests:
We are praying for you too, friends! Have a great week.