The day before yesterday, I woke up from a strange dream. I dreamt that I was at a gas station fixing the tires on my car. I was able to get the two tires in the front, but my back tires were messed up—and then, something bad happened because of the issue with the back tires (but I can’t remember the details). Immediately, the scene in the dream changed, and I found myself sitting with a great multitude. Someone stood up and said, “we need to help Pempho” and lots of people volunteered to help. After I woke up from this dream, I kept wondering what that was all about, but I just decided to let it go and start my day.
Let us rewind the story a little bit. Last week, our town had a bad snow storm. It was all over the news and we were being advised to be safe on the roads and try to stay warm. I had an errand to run that very day, 30 minutes away from my house. I decided to leave home and run the errand a few hours before the weather got bad. Unfortunately, I was delayed a little bit. On my way back home, it had just started snowing and the roads were covered with snow (it was not too much). While driving, my back tire hit a pothole; it was very loud. I silently said “Ouch” when I heard the sound, but I later ignored it and never thought about checking the tires.
A few days later (back to the morning I had the dream), I was driving on the high way and one lane was closed; traffic was very slow. On a 60 mile/hr road (96 km/hr), I was going 5 miles/hr (8 km/hr). During this time, I was on the phone with my friend Fisayo, and I was complaining to her about how traffic was extremely slow. While talking to her, I started feeling like the car was shaking, even though I was going very slow. I told Fisayo about the shaking car, and she was like, “Daza (that’s my middle name), you are thinking too much, and probably that’s how your car is.” I laughed about it and kept going until I reach my destination and parked the car. I decided to look at the back of the car to check the tires. My goodness! One of the back tires had a big cut on it; it looked like someone used a knife to cut it open, but it was a pothole cute. It came from that huge hit/bump that I had a few days back.
I called for roadside assistance, but they were not able to come because of some policy issues. I called my friend Daniel and he drove to where I was to help me change the tire (I don’t know how to do a tire change). I asked him to come with the tools we needed (I didn’t even know I had all the tools in my trunk lol) and he brought them. It was freezing cold outside; the weather was 18 degrees Fahrenheit (which is equivalent to -8 degrees Celsius). I am thankful that my friend came out in the cold to help me. Although we were both dressed up for the cold weather, we were both freezing. I could not feel my tiptoes and my fingers were so cold even though I had gloves on. We struggled to take the tire off the car. We tried every trick we knew, but it did not work.
As we were standing there trying to come up with ideas on how to remove the tire, a woman drove by and parked her car close to us. She got out of the car and walked closer to us and asked if we needed help. I was about to say no, but I replied and said, “we are trying to change this tire, but we are having a hard time taking it off the car”. The woman replied, “I have triple A, I can call them to come and help you with the tire change.” We told her we were able to do it, just that the tire was kinda stuck, and we did not want to spend money on something we can do on our own. The woman insisted and said that we will not pay for the service because it would be covered by her policy. She expressed her concerns about the cold weather, and insisted that she calls them to come. We agreed to have her help us. Within half an hour, the triple A personnel arrived at our location and changed the tire within minutes.
When the tire change was done, the woman said to me, “You know, I never drive through here, but something just told me to come in the back and then I saw you.” I was overwhelmed. I was amazed at how a total stranger would be willing to go above and beyond to help me. She stayed with me (in the freezing weather) after my friend Daniel left until the tire change was done. My eyes were filled with tears because I was overwhelmed by this woman’s kindness (she did not the tears though 😊). I told her “thank you” but deep in my heart, I wanted to say, “God bless you.” As I was about to say this, the lady said, “It’s amazing how God works. I am glad he brought me here to you. I am a big believer!” I got very excited when I heard this, and I told her, “God bless you, I am a believer too!” I was so excited to know that she was a Christian just like me!
I never got the chance to get her name. This is probably the only time that I get to see this woman. I wish I got her name and her address so that I send her a thank-you-card. But I am very thankful, that she helped me. And I think it was not a coincidence that my dream, the morning of this event, sort of touched on what happened later that day. I believe it was a miracle! What if I was going 60 miles/hr with my bad tire? Probably something worse would have happened! I am glad the lane was closed, even though I was complaining to my friend Fisayo that traffic was too slow. Who knows, maybe the car would have overturned if I was going too fast.
All in all, I thank God for the woman who helped me (and for my friend who came to my rescue). I also thank God for the closed lane. You may never know, there maybe a closed lane, path, or door in your life and you may be complaining and wondering why it is not open. It may be that God is trying to save you from something bad that can happen if you go on that lane. Sometimes, we may know why that lane was closed, but other times, we may never know. But through it all, God works all things for the good of those who love Him, and have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).