Sonya quickly exclaimed "Is it this one?!?!"
"I can't look, I'm driving."
"You must look! This says stop immediately and call your dealer."
A quick glance realized that THAT exclamation point was in a full circle. "Keep looking, the circle is open at the top." The culprit? Low tire pressure.
It was 7 p.m., and I didn't have a tire pressure gauge. I pulled off at the next exit hoping for some nice man at a gas station to help. (Do gas stations still have air machines?)
The very first thing I saw off the exit was a full service garage...open after 7 p.m.! I pulled right to the bay doors and ran in, falling over something as I came in, and making a horrible commotion. "Can you check my air pressure?" The nice mechanic told me to wait and he'd get to me. I tried to think patient thoughts. We had 3 more hours before we reached our hotel and it was getting dark.
As I stood outside the garage, I realized it wasn't the safest looking location. I had a sense of concern and was thankful that I wasn't traveling alone. God had provided a traveling partner for me. Finally, the mechanic told me to pull my car into the bay. This photo shows the vehicle that I pulled in behind.
If you can't read it, the bus says Division of Prisons, Inmate Highway Work Crew. I hoped they weren't waiting for their vehicle too. It was soon discovered I had a hole in the tire, and it would need repair. We headed inside the shop to wait. The shop was clearly a manly man shop. Clearly Sonya & I (two sweet Christian gals on our way to the Christian Writers conference) were out of our league here.
Finally 30 minutes later we were on our way. We found out that by pulling right to the bay and going in the garage, we had inadvertently "butted" in line. There were many cars ahead of us waiting, and the garage was going to be working until 11 p.m. on them.
God certainly was providing for us. He found us an open garage at 7 p.m., where I could get my tire fixed, and got us quickly back on our way to the She Speaks Conference, where we arrived safe and sound by 11 p.m.
2 Corinthians 9:8 -- And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Psalm 11:1 -- I trust in the Lord for safety.
Psalm 18:19 -- He led me to a place of safety;he rescued me because he delights in me.