“Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever”!

My family and I have much for which to be thankful this week- including our lives. We came back from a trip to Florida on Monday making really good time. The kids were behaving (miraculously), the stops were brief, the conversations were uplifting, and right in the middle of a nap for our youngest something happened in our drive that could have spelled tragedy. I was cruising behind a car in the passing lane on I26- right around the speed limit of course- when the car in front of me changed lanes suddenly. Before I could react I saw this “thing” in the road. It was about five feet long and solid. I really have no idea what it was. Sarah thinks it was concrete, but I don’t know. All I know is that I hit it- hard. My left front tire blew and I immediately grabbed the wheel. Sarah began to sing the song, “Jesus take the wheel”! Not really. Her prayer was much more simple; like, “O Jesus!”

I think the cars around us saw that something had happened because everyone seemed to slow down to let me over. Only when I started to pull onto the shoulder there was a semi-trailer parked right where I was heading. So I had to pull it back onto the highway- wheel whining and crunching- to go around the other truck. I finally pulled off the interstate far enough to be away from the traffic but still able to get a jack under the car. I’m so thankful for AAA and the little lady that came to change my tire. No, again, just kidding. I got out there- ten feet from the 75mph traffic and put our spare donut on the front of the van. Changing the tire was actually more frightening than blowing the tire. I kept my hat pulled down and my back to the traffic. If I was going to be hit by someone I didn’t want to see it coming. Thankfully all went well. We were back on the road and made it safely home- praise Jesus!

This incident makes me think of how often we’re minding our own business in life, maybe things are going well for us; successful by all our standards when boom, some “thing” hits us completely out of the blue. Maybe it’s a job loss, an accident, sickness, or death in the family. It can be frightening, or disheartening; certainly discouraging. One thing I have learned throughout my walk of faith in good times and in bad is that the base of my analysis of anything that happens to me must be that God is good. When things go well it’s easy. When the money is flush and the cars are working and the kids are happy and the sun is shining- Yeah boy, God is good! But when I face disappointment, loss, rainy days,  financial hardship, relationship struggles, and even death of loved ones, I must bring myself to utter the words that reflect my deeply held faith- O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever. God is good. If this fundamental truth is not the bedrock of our belief about God, we will find it difficult to wade through the challenges we will face along the road of life.

When I think about our tire blow-out on Monday, I like to think about the greater tragedy that may have been averted by our delay. Maybe we were kept from a larger accident down the road. I like to think about how God doesn’t only work in the finite time frame in which we live. His wisdom knows the beginning from the end and His mysterious ways are worked out in us and through us for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purposes. And His wisdom in our trials also works its way to impact all the people we come into contact along the way as well. O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.