Super Glue, Duct Tape and Dollar Bills… Oh, and a Miracle or Two
I spend most of yesterday going over my bike to assess damage from my ten mile ride through soft gravel. The bike itself was amazing. My tires, on the other hand, didn’t particularly care for the road at all.
I had two flat tires. As I took one off to patch it, I noticed the tread is separating from the rest of the tire. That didn’t look good at all. Especially since there are very few bicycle shops withing a 50 mile radius of where I am at present.
But, my new friend took me 25 miles to a bike shop. I knew I was in trouble when I asked if they had any tires in my size. They replied that tires weren’t made in my size. Hmmm… I must be having a bicycle tire hallucination.
But, it is an uncommon tire size for this part of the country I’m finding out. So, I did what any other woman would do in my situation. I went online to see if I could find a tire. I also called friends to help me with my search. And, I super glued the tread back on.
I also pulled out the duct tape to have it ready… just in case. A total stranger called me this morning to ask me if I knew the dollar bill in the tire trick. Turns out, they work great to help cover a hole in a tire that debris could get through and puncture the tube. That tip was priceless!
Nothing was working out. I couldn’t have a tire delivered until after Labor Day. The super glue might hold, but I could get sixty miles in the middle of nowhere and have it separate. So, I just prayed.
Then I got a call from the same total stranger saying he looked and has two tires my size hanging in his garage and wanted to donate them to me. I was floored. I couldn’t get a tire today for anything. Every avenue I took became a dead end. Now I know why. What’s more, a couple of phone calls found a person going that way running errands and is going to pick them up for me. I don’t have to go anywhere!
There are some very important lessons from my experience that I’d like to share with you:
If you get creative with what you have, you can fix your problems. No one super glues a bicycle tire… well, unless you’re the Bicycle Lady in rural Illinois. But I have no doubt it would hold as long as it needed to!
Roadblocks aren’t a bad thing. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get a tire. God orchestrated the whole thing so He could bless me and a man I’ve never met named Hank.
God is trustworthy. In my time of need, He was already working to meet my need. I didn’t see it but I did trust that if I had to ride on a wing and a prayer, that would work.
God’s timing is perfect. He may not allow us to stockpile our blessings, but He will always show up with provision at just
the moment we need Him to.
Miracles do happen today. Those two bike tires in Hank’s garage are the only two tires that size in southern or central Illinois. And I never would have known about them if God hadn’t had a stranger named Hank call me.
Out of the kindness of his heart, Hank gave tires. Out of the desire to bless, Brian drove to the nearby town to pick them up. Out of God’s abundant heart, all things worked together for good.
Does life really ever get better than this?
I love the reminders: God is trustworthy, His timing is perfect, and miracles still happen. Thanks so much. I'm still praying!
My hubby says you can get a tube of RTV in the auto section of Walmart and mix it with super glue. It takes a few hours to set up, but it is a great emergency repair kit for tires.
Your post brought tears to my eyes. I don't know why I'm always amazed at what God does. Shows how much I limit Him sometimes. Just wait until I tell Dorothy and the SS class tomorrow what God did!