The Unexpected

It was a crazier than normal day at work. There was no time for lunch, a break and almost no time to breathe. I was at our secondary location and we had several contractors onsite working, deliveries coming, the pharmacist was between locations and I was experiencing issues adding new software. When I left home that morning I had forgotten I was going to be at the secondary location without a refrigerator, vending machines or microwave. Around 2 p.m. I was distracted by a growling tummy and need for a diet coke. When our IT guy came by I decided to make a run for it! I could go to the store and be back in 20 minutes, no biggie.

No biggie until this happens:


So much for a quick trip. Now what am I supposed to do? There is no one to call, I don’t have a roadside plan anymore, I need to get back to work, I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS!.

Think TJ, just think. My phone battery was at about 10% so I called the IT guy and asked him to run my charger to me. He was happy to change my tire so maybe it will be ok after all. Someone from the building inside comes out to help, starts telling me he is single, where he works, used to work etc. In the process we discover, my Jeep did NOT come with a spare. What? Why? How is this possible? The IT guy comes, nice but creepy guy leaves. We give the car another once over, nope no spare. So now there  I sit, not sure what to do. Then it dawns on me, I have roadside through my car dealership! Yes! I make the call, they dispatch the wrecker and an hour later I am back at work.

In the course of two hours it was a roller coaster.

  • Swerved to avoid being hit head on = WIN
  • Tire bursting =Loss
  • No Spare = Loss
  • Remembered roadside = Win
  • Made it back to work = Nuetral
  • Cannot just change tire; $1000 repair = Loss
  • Need for rental car = Loss

What a day! I had somewhere to be and was determined to make it. The unexpected can really shake us. It was frustrating and such a roller coaster of emotions. It was tough on my bank account and took a week to get the car back. We live busy lives with no time for the unexpected. Dealing with car issues are not fun, spending money on repairs is not fun, handling things alone is not fun. But was it really alone?

Psalms 107:28-30

28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

The unexpected happens, things go wrong. Even with something as simple as a blown out tire, God can calm us and provide the help we need. It was an unexpected afternoon filled with hassles that I was not prepared to handle. Other than a few moments of frustration and anxiety, I realized that I was very fortunate. While I was not happy about  missing work, being stranded, spending money and the hassle of the day, I was very grateful that it ended the way it did. It could have been much worse. What if we had hit head on? It would not just be a wheel that was being repaired. Life happens and it is not always on our schedule and in the way we want. I am thankful for God’s protection. I am thankful when he calms the storm and when he calms me in the midst of the storm.  When we seek him we can find the help and calm we need.  The unexpected can throw us off course and wreck our day.  We can also call out and seek his help. Life happens and God helps.


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