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Isaiah 41:13 " not be afraid. I myself will help you."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ever have an experience that is trying enough at the time, but later you HAVE to think Jehovah (God) was watching out for you?

Last Tuesday I drove my daughters ancient (1996 I think) Sentra to work as always. I noted when I left home that I would need to stop for gas on the other end...I had just over a quarter of a tank. It is a 50 min. drive to work. This is routine.

About 10 min. from home on the highway, I began to think I was smelling gas fumes...thought it odd.
Then I looked at the gas gauge...BELOW EMPTY!!! WHAT???????? I made it over the next big hill..chugging a little...and headed for the very next exit with many prayers for safety.

Put in 20$ worth of gas...and headed out again. Was surprised that it only put the gauge back to where I started. Odd. Should have gone further than that! Gas odor still strong. I am so dumb! But I wouldn't have known what to check anyway.

I continue on the highway and make it to the gas station I had intended to go to in the first place...and am again riding below empty. I call my daughter and as I am getting out of the car, notice a puddle...look under the car and the puddle is from the Sentra...dripping. I still don't get it. I put more gas in the car...intending to drive on to her house (doubly stupid now!), but she says NO, park it and she will come get me. So I pull the car over to the grocery store parking lot next door. When she gets there, we roll up the windows (stupid!) and leave. I had been sitting with the doors open while I waited, enjoying the sunshine and breeze. As I get out of the car, I notice the carpet on the floor board is wet...GASOLINE IN the car!! We are in a hurry because she has a photoshoot in just a few minutes. We'll deal with it later.

DD calls her husband when we get home. HE asks if we left the windows open so the fumes could escape...we hadn't. We now realize how dangerous this could ignite from the heat and fumes. (It is now about lunch time so car has been sitting for several hours.) I call AAA to have the car towed to mechanic. THEY won't touch it till the fire department has a look and tells them it is safe. One spark and things could ignite.

We call the fire dept nearest the grocery. THEY won't is actually in next county. We hunt for the correct number and end up calling the Sheriffs Dept. to find out who to call. Call Emergency Management...get transferred several times and finally get Dispatch. Yes, they will be glad to have a I with the car? No..but will be there in 15 - 20 min. Andrew decides he needs to potty...more than just pee (we are nearing the end of the potty training efforts so it is important to heed this call!).

20 min later, Andrew and I are back to the Sentra...I open the doors to both cars and let the wind blow through. Andrew climbs all over his mom's car, pushing buttons and adjusting EVERYthing. We wait and wait. Finally after an hour, I call the dispatch again, get someone else this time. He says they had been out but noone showed up so they left (thanks a lot!). They could see there had been some kind of leak but it was OK to move the car.

Now I call AAA back and arrange the tow. 20 min to an hr. They say. We walk to the grocery and get Andrew a cookie. Back to the car. Don't want to miss the tow. AAA calls TWICE ..nope, not there yet. Finally an hour and a half after I initiated the service call, the guy shows up, hooks up the car and in maybe five minutes is gone again!!! Andrew loved seeing the process but was not happy about the loud machinery of the winch.

Today (Sunday) DD and her husband ran into their mechanic at KH between mtgs) He had initially told them the car was not worth salvage..just junk it. (it has four brand new tires on it!) BUT today he told them he had discovered that there was a pencil tip size hole chewed in the gas line...THAT is what caused all this trouble... a MOUSE (or squirrel). He says that if the mouse had chewed an electric wire, too, the car would have exploded. He mentioned the fumes issue, SHOULD have exploded sitting in the heat in the parking lot for several hours....with gasoline on the floorboards and no ventilation. Temps were in the mid 80s that day. Yikes! It was also a wonder I didn't get sick from all those gas fumes.

So, now the verdict is that the car is fine except for the interior and the gas line (not hard to fix that apparently). It will need the headliner removed and the carpet all pulled up...the gasoline ate all the adhesives. The seats will need replacing also (I don't know the why of that part). I don't know whether they will decide to repair it and keep it on the road or not. Guess that will be decided soon. The mechanic feels all the carpet that is gasoline soaked is too dangerous to have in his shop, so it is sitting in a pile in the field near his shop.

In the meantime, I am considering how grateful I am that of the things that COULD and even SHOULD have happened, none did. I can get in and out of this small car, but had it been an emergency, I would have had a hard time. Had the gas or fumes on the floor of the car ignited, my pants would probably have ignited, too. I doubt I could have gotten out. I should not have been able to get to the gas station once..never mind TWICE! The car didn't ignite on the road or when I restarted it at the gas station either time. What if I had been a smoker!!! (I am not!) The many "what if" scenarios are all pretty frightening.

I reflect now on all those things and give thanks to Jehovah...he truly must have been holding my right hand that day.
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    Several years ago (in my previous marriage) I was working in the kitchen and saw my young Brother-in-Law drive into our driveway...between our house and the neighbor's. He jumped out of that old car, opened the hood and started to throw snowballs at the engine as flames were coming up! Gratefully he stopped the fire with the snowballs. It turned out that the wire harness had caught fire. emoticon

    Another similar incident was when my brother about age 19 was working on his 57' Chevy with a buddy, at the guys house. They also were between houses while doing this. While working on the caught fire and they had to call the fire department. That car was a total loss and a heartbreak for my Brother since that car was a classic and it was 1968. emoticon

    I did not even know you at this time when your car had that gas leak, but; Astra I really do appreciate you and your family's survival of a potential danger. emoticon
    2031 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2012 5:14:21 PM
    Hi Asta,

    I just read your blog, and can only imagine what could have happened. We had a fire in our car years ago. My husband and I had a cleaning business, and he had parked it to clean some offices. Suddenly he saw smoke. A wire shorted under the dash, and it ignited. The car was totaled. He wasn't in it.

    Close call!

    Claude emoticon
    2047 days ago
  • MAMADEE016
    WOW Asta!
    Sure not a lot to add that would just repeat what others have said here, but, isn't Jehovah just so absolutely amazing!?! He was sure with you in your adventures on this day! :)
    (and... I gotta read everyone's blogs more regularly so I can find out about these things in a more timely way! lol)
    2115 days ago
    Update. The repair to the car turned out to be fairly minor..just replacing a hose. However by that time they had decided to let their mechanic purchase the car. He was going to have to overhaul the interior..those gas fumes were bad and caused a lot of things like the floor mats curling up! The mechanic was going to put his son to work and then let the son drive the car. So that great little car is still going! emoticon
    2134 days ago
    wow! glad you are ok!
    2134 days ago
    emoticon Poor Asta, sorry this happened!

    I will have to check my friends blogs more often, my!

    ((HUGS)) -Rose
    2183 days ago
    I am so glad that you ended up being safe! I was just popping in for the first time since Feb and wanted to check up on a few friends. I am very happy that nothing tragic happened to you! Love Joyce
    2200 days ago
    Asta, I too had chills just thinking of what could have happened. However, I am grateful, because our loving Father, Jehovah, knew to protect you even when you didn't know you needed to protect yourself (and your darling little Andrew). So incredibly glad how things worked out for you my dear sister and that you're here to relate the experience to us!
    2215 days ago
    What an experience, and how glad I am our loving God, Jehovah, was looking out for you! emoticon
    2215 days ago
    Asta, I am so glad that nothing terrible happened. I know when things work out for the best, we just think, "Whew, that was close!" I am glad you know who was with you at the time. It's so great that you thought to pray for help getting to the gas station. Little did you know that Jehovah knew what you needed and provided!

    So glad you are safe!!!
    2215 days ago
    I learned today that the mechanic purchased the car (pretty much for the price of the new tires) and will gut it, then fix it up just enough for his son to drive it. Bye, Bye Sentra.

    Thanks for all the comments. Sandy, I really appreciate that scriptural thought!!!

    2215 days ago
    What's that scripture about God protecting the foolish ones? I have to look it up, but that's how I feel when something like that happens. I'm so glad you were safe, as we never know what can happen. Now, that scripture, I remember. LOL
    (Ecclesiastes 9:11) . . .because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all. . .

    SandyR> emoticon
    2215 days ago
    Absolutely shocking and amazing Asta. Thankfully you were ok. I always dread being told one of my favorite sparkers is no longer. We are very protected by Jehovah. We have so much work to still do. Glad you are fine and Andre (the little angel) is too.
    2216 days ago
    That could have been tragic!! So glad to hear you are okay.
    2216 days ago
    So glad it all worked out!!
    2216 days ago
    THANKS, Me, too!
    2216 days ago
    I am so glad you are okay!!!!!!!
    2216 days ago
    OH ASTA! Jehovah was indeed with you that day! I have cold chills all over just reading the rest of the story. I am so glad Jehovah was with you that day, as always.
    2216 days ago
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