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I drive an old woman’s SUV.  Big enough to be comfortable with the added bonus of drop-down running boards. When we moved to the country, I thought this car was indestructible. Well, it is, all except for the tires.

I must be a magnet for every nail, spike, and hole in East Texas, with more than my fair share of flats. I had a doozy of a flat last weekend. I saw the low tire gauge go on as soon as I made the turn on the country road. By the time I got to town, and parked to wait for my friend I was picking up, the tire suddenly fell flatter than a flitter.

My friend hopped out to get to work changing the tire. Big cars have big spare tires, but my tire iron wasn’t fitting. Just then a couple drove up and asked if they could help … and they had a tire iron that did fit — what a relief!  Within no time at all these two guys had the flat changed and we were on our way. I tried to compensate them for their time, but they wouldn’t hear of it.

This reminds me of another time, about 25 years ago, when I locked my keys in my car at the grocery store parking lot. I was on my way home from a very long day, and needed some last-minute items … you get the picture. When I came back to the car from the grocery store, I realized what I’d done. It was just too much!

Just then a young man walked up and asked if I needed help.  All I could do was shake my head and try to explain the dilemma. He said no problem and walked over to his car, came back with some kind of tool, and in two seconds had that car door open. I was flabbergasted.

I thanked him and told him he should go into business as a locksmith. He just laughed, looking down at the ground, and said he was sort of a locksmith. He had just gotten out of jail for breaking and entering but had since turned his life around and was now on the straight and narrow.

We parted ways as I said a big thank you to God for sending me an expert. God takes care of us!

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at

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