The other day something completely crazy happened to my family. We were driving home and my husband and I were frustrated because both of our kids were screaming in the back seat, leaving our nerves on edge. It didn't help any that my husband and I were also having an argument. Suddenly these problems faded as a sharp object flew off a truck in front of us. There was a loud noise, followed by the tire on my side of the car deflating. My husband was able to keep control and we stopped along the curb. We both jumped out of the car to see the damage. Our tire was definitely flat. But we were thankful for protection from more serious damage to the car and to our family.
We were fortunate to have a front pack and a backpack in which to carry the babies because we were going to have to hike to the nearest gas station. We remembered we had passed one a few minutes before the flat tire incident. As we got the babies ready and locked up the car, we decided to pray for our continued safety and for help to get the tire fixed.
I must admit that I did not really put a ton of faith into that prayer. It was not the same as a praying for a person dying or something. A few minutes up the road we noticed a car pull over and wait for us. A nice family had stopped to see if we needed help. Within minutes, our tire was changed. We realized we would not have had all the tools to change the tire on our own. God answered our simple and barely faith-filled prayer. I could hardly believe it. It was a great reminder to me that He really does listen to our prayers.
I'm really glad we took the time to ask God for help. Next time I think it will be easier to trust Him from the start.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opend to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).
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