Sooo……It became quickly evident that instead of a $35.00 repair bill for one tire, I now faced the cost of replacing all four tires since it was not recommended to replace just one tire, which would have meant one tire having a tread rating of “10 and the other three a rating of “3”.
While I knew it was a wise decision to have the new tires put on the car, and I knew it was something I was planning to do within the next 5,000 miles, I still felt RESISTANCE to what was happening. Initially I resorted to the listening internal voice, which was reminding me that I was spending money that I didn’t have allocated at this time. The struggle continued with, “What if I run out of money before the next checks arrive?” and “why me?” And “why now?” and “what did I do to deserve this?” All of this dialogue after getting up that very morning declaring how truly blessed I was for all that God had provided in my life.
BUT THEN, I heard the blessings start to speak, reminding me, “You aren’t sitting along the side of the interstate with a flat tire. No one was injured. The dealership gave you a Brand New car as a loaner to use to carry on with your day without interruption. You do have enough to pay for the new tires. Has God not provided for your needs all of your life? Don’t you think He will continue to provide?’
So today, I am driving on a set of new tires. No nails and they are paid for. And they feel great. I am thankful for them.
This normally mundane experience served as a reminder to be THANKFUL for the “ugly beautiful” blessings in our lives. And while they might tempt us into losing faith and to forget our blessings if we stay present and realize, “it” can always be worse and we ALWAYS have much to be grateful for! If you have any “nails in a tire”, look for the blessing.