Thursday, April 5, 2012

Journal - Flat Tire Continued

So we had the spare tire on the truck, and more trips to Omaha to look forward to. Not a very happy prospect

Well, after we had gotten home that Thursday, Joni and I let our usual people know that we were home safe and filled them in on how the day went. Right away we were offered two new tires for the truck. On Friday morning we received another offer of two tires. And just like that, God took away our worries.

Saturday morning we went up to Walmart to get the new tires. Our friend from church met us there to drop off the money for two of them. We stood and talked for a few minutes while the truck was being worked on and then her son called her and said that she should run us all out to his house. He and his family go to our church as well and had a new house built recently on the old family farm south of Kearney. So we hopped in the car and ran out there for a few minutes. By the time we got back to Walmart the truck was all done with four brand new tires on it.

In overhearing another customer in the tire department that day, I had found out that you can save $2.50 per tire if you take the old ones with you so I did that. Ten dollars is ten dollars after all and we’ve got room for the tires out here at the farm. On Sunday I took the three tires that were still whole and planted them half in the ground along one edge of the area that used to be our garden. No particular reason, I just thought I’d try to do something with them instead of piling them in a shed or something. I think they look kind of neat there. Before I planted them Joni examined them and sure enough one had a nail in it. The nail had probably caught in the tread somewhere and gradually worked its way into the tire as we drove down the interstate. Once the nail let the air out of the tire it didn’t take long for the rim to shred it to pieces.

It’s always tempting to ask why things happen. Why did God let that nail get in our tire? Didn’t we have enough to deal with without that? Of course we know that God’s plans are rarely evident to us. He had His reasons even if I don’t know what they are. Maybe by picking up that nail in my tire I saved a mother traveling cross-country with her children from having to deal with it. There are thousands of possibilities. If I saved someone like that from having a flat then it was worth it.

You always have to look on the bright side of things. If you don’t, the darkness of this world will consume you. There is good in everybody and everything if you just look for it. Sometimes you have to look harder than others, but it’s there. Keep doing that, and pretty soon your whole attitude will begin to change, and then your life will begin to change, and then the lives of those around you will begin to change. It’s a choice each one of us can make, and with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ESV

Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. ESV

Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" ESV


  1. I knew our family would take care of us. That is why God placed each and every one of them in our life. No, not to take care of us, but to be there when we need them most. Thank you church family, and our family family. :)

    And I've been quite pleased with the healing of my back issues during all of this. God is GREAT!

    Alleluia! AMEN!!

  2. oh and an added note: Through all the gusty winds, torrential rains, thick as mud fog, and the much roadwork being done as we head east on our journey. We still smile! Why? Because we have an AMAZING God!

    Matt. 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. (KJV)