31 Days – Blowout

This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Blowout.



*Thump* *thump* *thump* *thump*

“What’s that?”  “Did you hit something?”

*Thump* *thump* *thump* *thump*

“Nope, I think the tire is flat.  Hang on.”

*Thump* *thump* *thump* *thump*

We were on the road to Nashville.  We were going to the FMF Retreat.  We knew we weren’t in Kentucky just yet, but we weren’t exactly sure where we were.

But yes, the tire was flat.  Not only was flat, it was a true blow out.  The tire was shredded and gone.


My friend called AAA, and we tried to communicate where we were.

And then we waited.  And waited and waited and waited and waited.  An hour and a half we waited.

Do you know what there is to do on the side of an Illinois road when you are waiting for AAA?  Not much.  Sit, talk, take pictures of wildlife (aka bugs).  Oh yeah, you can also try to take care of it yourself, but not have the right equipment.  Or realize the equipment you have is the wrong stuff.


That sounds a lot like our Christian walk, doesn’t it?  We ask God to fix something, and when He doesn’t do it when we want, we try to take care of it ourselves.

And it doesn’t work.

Thankfully, we have a God who cares for us, and loves us, and is willing to wait on us.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

So, what do we do as we wait?

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

We need to pray.  We pray for patience (yes, I know.  That’s dangerous.)  We pray for wisdom.  We pray for faith.  We pray like the father in Mark 9.

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Mark 9:24 (NIV)

And then when the blowout of life comes, we are prepared.




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