One morning this week, I passed by a man changing a flat tire on the side of the highway. It’s not an unusual site to see on the side of a busy interstate, but it occurred to me that in all of the miles that I have driven through the years, I have never had to change a flat tire.
It’s not that I haven’t had my share of flat tires. I have driven over my share of nails, screws, broken glass and other tire hazards. Also, during my college years, when I sometimes had to choose between buying food or tires, at times I drove on tires so thin they had no other choice but to go flat.
It’s not that I don’t know how to change a flat tire. My father sold automobile parts for a living and was determined to make sure I had a good grasp on the basics. Since that time, my husband and sons have tried to continually reinforce this knowledge.
The reason that I have never had to change a flat tire is simple. Every time I have had a tire go flat, before I can even get the jack out of the back of my car, a kind stranger has pulled over and offered to change it for me—every single time.
That thought warmed my heart as I continued my drive to work. I smiled as I thought of how blessed I have been by the kindness of others throughout my life. I am grateful that no matter which highway I have been on, or which city or state I have been in, there have been people willing to give of their time, talents and energy to help someone they didn’t even know.
As I continued to reflect on this, I became inspired by the example that these kind strangers have set for me. With my limited experience, I don’t believe that I would be much help to someone changing a tire, but there are so many other things that I can do to help those around me. I believe we are all blessed with different gifts, talents and abilities so that we can help and lift each other in times of need.
So, if you need help changing a tire, I may not be your best choice. But I’ll be keeping an eye out for you, if you need a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or anything else which I have the ability or capacity to give…