Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Sovereign hand of God

God was watching over my kids and me today.  You see after church I was going to go shopping for a new camera.  I was going to take my kids with me in the van, and take a 45 minute drive, most of which would have been on the freeway at 60 miles an hour.  I told the kids to go to use the restroom at church because we would be driving a while, and then suddenly, really without thinking, I changed my mind.  I decided it would be much easier to shop if the kids stayed at church with their dad and came home with him when he was ready to leave church.  So I took my husbands pickup truck and left him with the van to take the kids home.

He had many fewer miles to drive, and no freeway driving, but neither of us knew that would be significant.

After we were both home later we made a grocery list and I was going to take the van to go grocery shopping.  My older daughter and I climbed in and drove out of our driveway, we drove about half way down our little country road with no trouble, and then "BUMP-BUMP-BUMP-BUMP!"  I wasn't even driving the 25mph hour speed limit, and it was still hard to keep the van going straight.

I stopped and got out to see what was wrong, and I saw this:

We turned around and drove slowly back home.  I have little doubt that if I had taken the van to go shopping for my camera today, this would have happened at 60 mph, and at that speed would probably have been a total blowout.  I don't know why it happened, we didn't add air to the tires recently, but it almost looks like it was over-full.  They are Goodyear tires, I think I remember a few years back of a recall?  These were on the van when we bought it last spring, I wonder if they were part of the recall.

At any rate, I am praising God today that He was watching over my kids and me.

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