We went to St. Simons Island last week for our kids spring break. My in-laws have a condo down there and we are blessed to be able to go every year. It is literally my favorite place on earth...it's where I feel the most relaxed...where I am rejuvenated. We played in the sand...the waves...rode our bikes for miles...ate far too much ice cream and good food...and just enjoyed being a family. It was a great week and I literally dreaded leaving this special place that I have dubbed my second home...even though it's my in-laws:)!We set out Saturday afternoon with the van loaded down...kids tired from a day of biking and the beach...and headed back to our home. We were about 20 to 30 minutes into the drive when I noticed the car was bumping and not riding smooth. I mentioned to Ric that I thought we might have a flat so we pulled over. We looked at the tire...it wasn't flat but it had a huge bulge on the side of it and we knew the tire was separated....the third one to do this on this set of tires! We knew we needed to find a tire shop so we got on the iPhone's and started searching. We had two choices...go 14 miles to Walmart or 4 to a local place. Ric went back and forth and then decided to go to the local place. We had just started driving in that direction when it happened...the loudest boom I have heard and then grinding and the car jerking. We had blown the tire out. I screamed...Ric said "it's ok...I got it"...Jesse woke up...the kids asked what was going on...it was a few very scary moments.
We pulled over and checked out the damage. I couldn't believe a tire could do that to a vehicle...but now I know. We began the process of finding the spare...going through that process was insane. They put it in the strangest of places and it's seriously a project to get it out. Charlie is helping Ric...I'm all nervous thinking someone is gonna be texting and not paying attention and smash into us on the side of the road, when James came along.
Of course I cried...because of this stranger's kindness...because of God's provision and protection...and for God using something like a blowout to bless me. You see, I was irritated with the blowout...I wanted to be home...not stuck in some small town. God showed me that sometimes our inconveniences can produce huge blessings...that there are good, Godly people out there...and that He is still in control of it all. I will never forget that day...never forget James...never forget that sometimes blessings come in strange ways...even through a tire blowout!