“Thump, thump, thump,” the vaguely familiar sound suddenly came from our charcoal colored Chevrolet S-10 Blazer as my husband and I were traveling down the road to one of our local shopping malls. While going along, we were singing praise choruses. At first we didn’t recognize the sound but soon realized we ran over something and our tire was going flat. My husband, Steve, a disabled veteran who can’t drive because of his disability, was not very happy about the prospect of having to change a flat tire.
Our Blazer was covered with Christian bumper stickers that projected messages such as “turn or burn” to anyone who got close enough to read them. Also, my husband had put big luminous letters which read “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life” on the bug deflector that went across the front of the vehicle. Because of this, several teenagers from our local high school teased our boys and called our Blazer “the Jesus mobile.” We also got strange looks from people who passed by.
As the thumping noise continued, we realized we were only a short distance away from our local Tire Repair Center. I slowed the vehicle down until we were barely moving and we quickly rolled into the tire center. Seeing our dilemma, the tire center employees were quick to assist us, and our tire was soon fixed.
Curious as to what caused our tire to go flat, I asked the man about it. He kind of chuckled and said, “You ran over the sole of a shoe on the highway.” Then he showed us the shoe sole with nails protruding from it.
My husband and I looked at each other and both had similar thoughts at the same time. Then I said, “Oh, no. The Jesus mobile just ran over a soul!” We burst out laughing. Then we got in the Blazer and continued on our way. But we realized at that moment that God must have a sense of humor!
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