Did you know there is a “tire-blowout season?” Although I have owned a car for decades and also experienced a tire blowout once, it was not until today that I learned there is a “tire-blowout season.” According to popularmechanics.com, this season extends approximately from the middle of May through early October.
Characteristics of these months are hot temperatures and motorists driving long distances, in heavily loaded vehicles. The site notes that that the combination of these factors can “push a neglected or injured tire beyond is breaking point.” I took note of the fact that it is not the external factors by themselves which contribute to or cause the tire to blow out. The tire has to already be injured or lacking in necessary care to be adversely affected by the hot temperatures, the long distances, and the heavy weight.
Things that can damage a tire include underinflation, overloading, and potholes. A tire is underinflated when its air pressure is inadequate. This causes the internal components of the tire to flex beyond what they are designed. Each tire is designed to carry a certain amount of weight. When a vehicle is overloaded, this can damage the tire. When a tire slams hard enough into a pothole, the tire’s internals can be damaged. (END OF 5 MINUTES)
I believe these details about the causes of a tire blowout has spiritual implications. Prayer, reading and mediating on the Word of God, engaging in individual and corporate worship, is to us what air is to a tire. Adequate spiritual sustenance will prevent us from becoming “underinflated” and decrease the likelihood that our inner man will be stretched beyond our limits.
Similarly, we need to learn to set proper boundaries and priorities to avoid “overloading” ourselves. We need to learn to recognize and say what Lysa TerKeurst describes as “The best yes.” Some “potholes” can be avoided by listening to the Spirit and taking different routes. But others can be encountered because “life happens.” Thankfully, regardless of the source(s) or cause(s) of the damage or injuries we sustain, our “blowouts,” our Father, Jehovah Rapha, is able to heal and restore us, so that we can continue on our journey and live as He has planned.
Day 23 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Blowout.”
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