I'm so thankful to begin each day affirming the power of Psalm 91. "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Angel thoughts are flashes of God's pure intuition winging solutions to mind. Earlier this week, Elliot took our white Honda to a new car wash, Sporty's, for a much needed wash, rinse and shine. Riding through the automated cycles, he was showered with rays of orange, blue and purple. It was some trip. Smiling, he invited me to come along for the ride next time. I had enjoyed time alone in the garden, weeding and just soaking up the warm springlike day. Red-headed woodpeckers and cardinals flocked to and from the bird feeder. It was one of those rare idyllic mornings. Wild purple spiderworts and bright pink bromeliads were in bloom. In the stillness, I felt such peace, grateful for the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.
Later in the day, we took a ride to the garden center in our shiny clean car. I noticed a large landscaping truck off to the side as we pulled into the lot at Lowe's. Getting out of the car, the friendly truck driver shouted, "You've got a flat!" Sure enough, the rear passenger tire was completely flat. I noticed a treat on the ground. Someone had strewn Jolly Rancher hard candies in the adjacent empty parking space. A bittersweet moment, and a sign not to let my ego rob me of peace and joy.
Now the funny thing is we were clueless as the ride had been smooth. We were thankful for the heads up. Wanting to help out, he mentioned if only he had a can of aerosol sealant to fix the tire so the car could be driven. We thanked him as he went on his way.
The nearest auto shop was a mile down the road. Looking up at the beautiful blue sky, I knew there was an answer. An angel thought came to me. Check the grocery store at the shopping center across the street. I called. The Fix A Flat can was waiting at customer service when we arrived.
Soon we were on foot heading back to the parking lot with the interim remedy. Passing by a reservoir, a lone duck decided to accompany us, making its way through the Lowe's parking lot. I thanked him for his message. Let this roll off your back like water on a duck's back! It must have been working because I was at peace having a much greater appreciation for our car.
The next hurdle, the cap to the FIX A FLAT wouldn't open. A friendly helper inside Lowe's tried several tools before prying off the lid. With a tire full of foamy sealant, the flat buoyed up, ready to roll. We made it home safely. Once again, I was back in the garden, thankful to the Angels for our safe passage.
Triple AAA showed up and found a small nail had punctured the tire but the tire showed signs of dry rot and needed to be replaced. The next day at the Tire Center, it turned out all four tires needed to be replaced, although fairly new. Angels were watching over us as several long road trips are planned for the spring. The small nail turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Step by step, the angels guide and protect along the way.
Enjoy traveling the road with the Angels.
Love and joyful blessings,