We left around 3pm on the Sunday afternoon to get back in time for us to get ready for the week to come when, 20 minutes away from the bach and about to drive up a huge hill in the mountains, our front left tire on the car instantly punctured.
Here is actual video footage of the events that followed as recorded from Sam's digital camera:
So there we were sitting on the side of the open road, 20 minutes from the bach, 2 hours from home, with a punctured tire, our 'spare' tire punctured with the sun going down pretty quickly. Needless to say we were becoming pretty desperate and weren't exactly excited by the prospect of sleeping in a car with 3 wheels or thumbing a ride back to the bach.
We read Philippians 4:6 and figured that you can never do with enough prayer in times such as these. We prayed, and prayed, talked, and prayed. Our last ditch hope was sitting in the laps of 3 guys on quad bikes we'd met approximately an hour before, hoping on the off chance they might have a spare tire and rim that'd fit our car.
We kept praying when in the dark night came headlights that slowly pulled over to the side of the road and the 3 guys jumped out declaring they had found a tire and rim that would fit. It was legendary - the tire fitted, we almost ran out of gas but they happened to have a spare 20L petrol container and were willing to pour it into the car if we paid them back.
Basically, Jesus is not only a man - but He is the man. See how I fitted in a little theology in that statement too? Yes, I may not be the most scientific person with a brain that oozes philosophical data, but to me the chances of 3 guys turning up in the middle of nowhere as the sun is going down with a spare tire and rim that fits exactly our car and has a spare 20L petrol container isn't just chance. Call me superstitious but that looks alot more like God than coincidence. God is interested in every situation of our lives and is willing to help us out if we're willing to honour Him by asking Him to help.
I can just see God sitting there on His throne rocking it out with angels surrounding Him singing "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin, when suddenly He hears the small, slightly desperate prayers of 2 naive young guys on the side of the road with 3 wheels on their car. He jumps up, the angels still singing in perfect harmony, looks down and starts feeling for them. Then the greatest thing of all happens - they ask Him to help. He gets the opportunity to come through without barging on in. He sends 3 random quad bikers completely covered in mud to go check them out for Him. I think that's cool that He moves when He sees we really want Him to. And in a cool way. I realise that it probably doesn't go down exactly like that, given that God not just in heaven but right next to us but it's cool to think it went down like that.
Basically, give God the chance to do what He's longing to - help out His children who really want Him to turn up. When you need Him, put aside your pride and ask Him to help. He's eager, like a 3 year old kid ready to find the eggs in the family Easter egg hunt, to bless us and to remind us how awesome He is.
In the end, the moral of the story, pray when you need help. And, have a proper 'spare' tire.