It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness, especially when things in this old world seem to be spinning out of control . . or, at least . . out of our control. Too often I overlook how many good people are out there but this morning, there were two, and after hearing about them, I couldn’t hold back the tears, mainly because I’m so thankful they were there for Chad.
I had talked to a friend this morning and I asked her to pray . . told her that Chad was on the road and having car problems. I’m guessing that all the rest of this story transpired while she and I were praying.
Chad, Nicole and Addie have been in Louisiana for spring break. On their way down there last Saturday, Chad’s car started acting up. I don’t know if they went by an auto place and had it checked but somehow he determined it needed new spark plugs so he bought those. He has a friend in Louisiana who is a decent mechanic so Chad figured they’d do the spark plugs together but one of the spark plugs was stuck. They tried to get it out but couldn’t. They had another mechanic friend come look at it and he couldn’t get it out either and they all knew the problems that could occur if they broke that spark plug off while in the engine, so they changed the remaining spark plugs and Chad planned to get it in to the Chevy dealer. But, yesterday it started messing up again. He was hoping he’d make it home today with it but they had been on the road about two hours when the engine light came on and then began blinking.
Good Person #1:
Chad has a friend back in MO who is a really good mechanic. Chad called him and he told Chad if the light was blinking, he needed to get it looked at. Good Guy #1 told Chad he’d go ahead and hook up is auto trailer to his truck and be ready to come get Chad if he couldn’t get the car fixed.
It’s a good 10 hour, probably 12 hours, from where Good Guy #1 is to where Chad is. That’s super nice that he would take that much time from his family and trying to get a house built to come do that for Chad.
Nicole got on the phone to find an auto parts place and they found an O’Reilly’s about 15 miles from where they were so they went there.
Good Person #2:
While Chad had the hood up on his car, a guy came by and asked if he needed help. The guy turned out to be a heavy equipment mechanic and he knew exactly how to get the spark plug out. They got it out, got it changed, ran the computer and got the check engine light turned off. Chad offered to pay the guy and he wouldn’t accept payment. Chad found out he’s a hunter, got his address and is going to send him a duck call that Chad makes and sells. Chad told him if he wants to come up to MO and hunt deer, Chad has a place and can take him hunting. The guy was really happy about that! They exchanged phone numbers and about half an hour after Chad got back on the road, the guy called to make sure the car was still doing ok.
I think both of them have a new friend!
It’s very nice to hear that there are good people who don’t just say “Call me if you need something” but jump right in and are ready to help – to do anything they have to do to help. I want to be that kind of person and I want those kind of people as my friends, and the people who cross my path.
They still have a long way to go so I’ll be very happy to hear that they’ve made it home. We never stop worrying about our kids.