April 5, 2017
Every weekend I try to get out and take a hike at one of our local mountains. I enjoy the time walking, thinking, praying and the quiet and peace it often brings. Saturday morning was busy with our first placement test for next year and a few other things I needed to do. Early in the afternoon I decided to carve out some time to get in a quick hike. As I was driving to the mountain preserve, the car in front of me swerved over to avoid some debris in the road. I saw it too late and ran over it with my left front tire. I was only about a mile from where I was going so I drove to the parking lot and checked the tire. As I approached the front of the car, I could hear the hissing of air as it came out of the tire. So instead of taking a relaxing hike, it was time to do some work.
I am very fortunate that my father taught me how to change a tire when I first learned how to drive. The skill has come in handy on numerous occasions. I thought I would quickly change the tire and then head off on my hike. I got everything out of the back of my car and started loosening the lug nuts. Everything was fine until I got to the last one which didn't want to turn. I tried again but it was stuck. A fellow hiker came over and asked if I needed help. I told him I was fine except this last lug nut was stuck and didn't want to come off. As he was standing there I tried again and it snapped off completely. We were both shocked by this. The good news was I could get the tire off to change it; the bad news was I would now need to have this repaired as well as the tire. I finished changing the tire without any other issues and decided to just drive to our mechanic instead of going on the hike. He was also surprised to see how it had broken off and I set up a time for them to fix it on Monday.
As I went through this whole scenario it seemed like it drew some parallels to how life can be at times. I thought I was going to have a time of relaxation which turned into some work and then further complications. Something I thought was going to be free ended up costing a good amount of money for a new tire and new bolt on the wheel. We often desire things to go as planned in our lives, but sometimes things just change and we have to adapt. So what keeps us grounded? Even as we adapt to life's circumstances, big or small, we have a God who never changes. Hebrews 13:8 tells us, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." This is an anchor for us even when things don't go the way we planned. A flat tire and a broken lug nut are really pretty minor things, but even in those situations it’s good to know we have a God who is there and unchanging in His love and goodness for us.
Mr. Robert Koehne