Friday, June 29, 2007

His Eye Is On The Sparrow.......and the Road Runner!

We never know what a day may bring. The plans one has for the day can very easily be blown right out of the water....figuratively speaking. Today was one of the those days for me. I had scheduled my car for an oil change and to have the brakes checked. My son is taking the car to Florida next week on his honeymoon, so I wanted to make sure that it was ready to go. I took my car to the garage last night, since I am a self-professed (and confessed) night owl, I didn't want to get up early to take it there this morning.

ANYWAY,......the owner of the shop, who is a good friend of my brother, called at 10:00 a.m. to tell me that it was all finished. "Were you worried about your brakes? Because they are fine, but you have a bigger problem than that!" My heart sunk to the top of my feet. A bigger problem!? I immediately thought of an engine or transmission problem even though, I wasn't aware of either acting up. "Aren't you taking that car on a trip?" he continued. "I wouldn't leave town in it! The left back tire has a big tear in it! There is a loose rubber flap sticking out. Why in the world it isn't flat is beyond me!"

I was relieved AND distraught at the same time. Relieved because I immediately thought, "Is that all???" For a brief second before he mentioned the tire, I envisioned the motor being hoisted out by a small crane. A tire? that all? A RIP IN A TIRE!!!!! Do you know how fast I was driving on the Interstate the other day??? I have tried my very best to straighten the curvy roads in our area but it hasn't worked. I set my speed control many times just driving to the nearest towns because, if one of my favorite "Sound of the 70's" tunes come on the radio, it directly effects my accelerator foot! The louder I sing, the faster I drive!

My plan was to have the front tires put on the back and buy new ones for the front. After all, 48,000 miles wasn't so bad, was it? Turns out, it was bad. The front ones were showing uneven wear, too. To make a long story short, I bought 4 new tires. Spending that amount of money was NOT on my list of things to do today; certainly not budgeted for this month.

Somehow, it doesn't bother me at all. Oh, make no mistake about it; it will cause a major financial crunch around here. But, I am so humbled, grateful for the Lord protecting me and my family. I've been so busy and preoccupied with all of the wedding excitement, I've spent little time with the Lord lately. He knows my faults, my short-comings, my sins yet carries me safely......all the way, every day. There's an old hymn I know that starts out "Safe am I, safe am I, in the hollow of his hand" ............ What a wonderful Savior!


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