Wednesdays are very busy days for me with a lot of running around and babysitting. This morning was no different. I had N and K in the car as well as Holly. We were on the way to pick up Addie and then I was planning on dropping off Holly for her weekly doggy playdate, getting gas, going to the bank and dropping N off at preschool. In that order. By 9:15. So it was 8:45, and I was right on schedule. I took a slight detour because of construction and turned right at an awkward corner too sharply ( it was Royal ave. off of Easton Rd. for any of you who know the area). I heard a loud thump as my rear tire hit the curb, and I pulled over at the stop sign at Bickley and Royal with a sinking feeling. I put on my flashers and went around the car to look. Sure enough, the tire was FLAT.
I called AAA for assistance, then John to tell him I would be a little late, and then Lisa to see if she could come get Holly. As I sat in my car, thinking about all that needed to be done, and how late I would be, and worrying about the cost of new tires, I prayed that the Lord would just be with me today and help me through it. Two minutes later Tim (Susie's brother) turned the corner. He recognized me and stopped. I could barely hold back my tears of gratitude as he offered to change my tire for me. I weakly protested, saying that AAA was on the way, but he insisted saying that you never know how long they would take. I gratefully accepted his help, as I had two small children in the car, one of whom was starting to get a little testy at the delay. I called AAA to cancel my call, but then regretted it 5 minutes later when we realized the donut needed air. Fortunately, as I was about to pull out, the AAA truck showed up anyway and the guy was able to fill up the tire for me and I didn't have to go to the gas station. I am so amazed at God's provision for me-- sending Tim to help me, and then the AAA guy as well. I may have had a late start but the experience did give me a chance to pause and thank God for his love for me and how he so richly provides, beyond what we ask.