“I wouldn’t drive it again,” the man at the gas station told her. “It could explode.”
She looked with dismay, mixed with fear, at her car’s exhaust pipe. She had filled her tank with gas earlier that day and noticed when she got home that some gas was leaking from her tail pipe. She waited until it had quit leaking, then drove to the nearest gas station for advice and noticed gas had started leaking again.
“Don’t drive it.” was not the advice she wanted to hear. She needed to leave town within the next hour. Could the man fix it by then?
“Nope,” he answered when she asked him. “It’s just the overflow tank that was filled too much.”
She shook her head. No, that couldn’t be right. She had filled it like she always had and this had never happened before.
“So what do I do?” she asked him.
“Wait for the gas in the exhaust to dissipate or drain before you start the engine again. Any spark could cause your car to burn. Maybe even explode if it got bad enough.”
“But I have to leave town soon.”
“Guess you’ll have to cancel whatever plans you have.”
“I can’t. My parents are expecting me tonight. If I can get to their house, my brother can fix my car before I drive back home.”
“You really need to have this repaired before driving long distance. If it leaks while you’re driving, and it got too hot, it could explode.”
She frowned. Was she stuck here at the gas station? She used the office phone to call everyone she knew in this very small town, back in the day before cell phones, but no one was home. She assumed they were all at the high school homecoming. What should she do?
She considered her options but didn’t like any of them. So she turned to the One with all the power.
“God,” she prayed. “This is Your car, remember? I gave it to You when I gave You myself and all that I had. Your car has a problem and I can’t find anyone here to help me. I’m going to go ahead and go to my parents’ house so my brother can fix it. Please keep me safe as I drive. Amen”
With the faith of a new believer, she ignored the objections from the gas station man, and began the hundred mile drive. She drove very carefully, believing it could explode at any time. It was a long drive. A very long drive. Had it always been this long?
Finally she reached her parents’ driveway, pulled in, and, with a sigh of relief, shut off the engine. “Thank You,” she said as she climbed out of the car.
It was too dark, and the car too hot, for her brother to look at it right away. So he waited until the next day.
“All four gas hoses are cracked,” he said. “You’re lucky it didn’t start burning, or even explode on your way here. But I can get that fixed for you before you go back home.”
She knew it wasn’t luck that had kept her safe. She also knew her decision to go ahead and drive the car after being told not to was not very wise.
She looked up and said, “Thank You, Lord, for protecting me even when I’m doing something stupid. Your love and care for me is simply amazing!”