Trusting Part 2

This Saturday I met up with my parents in Newton, Kansas (just north of Wichita) to switch cars. Our Nebraska mechanic thought he would be able to fix the brakes on my car for a whole lot cheaper than the quotes I got here in Texas, so I got my sister’s car and my parents took mine back to Nebraska. Everything went smoothly on the way up, I had a lovely lunch with my parents and then I was off back to Texas. Unfortunately, somewhere in northern Oklahoma I passed an accident with lots of glass and debris on the road. About 15 minutes later I discovered I had a flat tire! I made it back to Dallas, but I wanted to share the ways that God provided for me on the way back.

The whole way I clung to the promises of Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Each time I started to worry, I prayed for what I needed, and thanked God for how he took care of me.

Here are some of the specific ways I saw God providing:
– I was able to pull off onto a rest area after I discovered the flat tire
– I prayed for God to send someone to help me change the tire, and He did! A guy came with his daughter, and he knew just what to do to change it. Then a truck and a van pulled in, so I felt safe with so many people around!
– The little spare tire lasted all of the way back to Dallas!
– I could only go about 55-60 MPH on a 70 MPH road, but there was someone either in front of me or behind me going the same speed almost the whole way (so I felt like I had some company). 🙂
– When I was going through the major cities like Oklahoma City and Dallas, there was a lack of traffic when I needed to switch lanes to exit or whatever.
– I knew that people at home in Nebraska and in Texas were praying for me.
– My parents made it safely back to Nebraska in my car with little brakes.

I wish that I could have had a smooth ride back to Texas, or even not had to deal with all of these car issues in the first place, but in some ways it was really a spiritual journey. I had to cling to God and I saw Him answer prayers in a cool way. So, I praise God for his provision!

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