Psalm 20:7

While looking for a Sunday picture, I realized I hadn’t told you the best story of all from our trip. 

The evening before we left, my husband noticed the pressure on one of our van tires was low. Upon examination, he spotted a nail stuck in the tire.  This was disappointing;  the tire store had closed just minutes before. 

Now instead of leaving at 6 the next morning as we’d planned, we’d have to wait til 8, and stop at the tire store first thing. Not exactly the most auspicious start to our trip.

Ah, well.

Next morning my hubby went to hitch up the trailer, and looked again for the nail, but couldn’t spot it.  He drove the van forward and backward several times, trying to find it.  Nothing.  The tire pressure was fine too.

He wondered aloud if we could skip the tire store.  Sometimes, he explained, a pebble can get caught in the tread and get rubbed by friction to a brilliant shine, making it look like a nail.  Maybe there was no nail.

I tend towards optimism, but that morning I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a reason he’d spotted something in the tire last evening. We might as well get the tire looked at.

Hubby quickly agreed, and off to Les Schwab we headed.  The kids ran inside for the free popcorn (popcorn for breakfast–mmm,mmm!) and I snapped the above photo of this inauspicious start to our trip.

A few minutes later our friendly Les Schwab man informed us that there was no nail.

There was a screw.  A big one.

In a totally different place in the tread than where my hubby had seen the nail.

The imaginary nail.

God’s imaginary nail that got us to the tire store before we hit the road, before we could have a blow-out at 70 mph on the freeway.  While pulling our travel trailer.  With our van full of children.

I guess it was the perfect start to our trip after all.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”


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  1. Amen! Life can often get so loud that we forget to listen! So glad you stopped to listen and had a wonderful vacation- I think sometimes these "things" happen to remind us to slow down. Thanks for using your story to remind us!

  2. That really is amazing. I can't tell you how many times in my life God has pulled my feet from the fire (where I usually put them myself because I am like that.)

  3. First time poster here…
    I found you from a comment on Julia's blog about homeschooling.
    I just wanted to drop by and say I find your blog so comforting and I loved todays verse. It's a great reminder.


  4. What a great post. Thank you for sharing that today.

  5. Glad you found it before you had to go. Isn't it great when God works in strange ways?

  6. Wonderful. Thanks for writing that!

  7. This happened to us once – JUST as we pulled into a rest stop our tire on our MOVING uhaul blew. I wasn't even sure what the noise was, as there were so many cars/trucks around. A trucker walked by and informed us. Whew and thank God!

    He DOES watch over us!

  8. This summer, we drove my inlaws old (fake wood paneling!) mini-van, which got us around. When we drove from Oregon to SoCal, Donn noticed the steering was spongy. But we didn't have time to deal with it. He thought it just needed aligning. He took us to the airport, a 2-hour drive, and then he and his dad drove back, 70 mph down the socal freeways. Then they took it in. THe steering was hanging by literally a thread! If it had snapped, they would prob have been killed! Or we could have had a horrible accident on our way down I-5!
    "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Ps. 139
    Oh, I also DID have a blow-out on the freeway this summer, but "luckily" didn't lose control and made it to the shoulder no problem!
    Isn't God good?