A week ago I got a flat tire. The particular tire I needed was a bit hard to find in the rural area which I live, so I had to drive on the spare for a week before the new tire came in. Yesterday the tire finally came in. I was in a hurry to get it changed and make it to a meeting. I went to a "quick fix" tire repair place and then went on my way thinking everything was okay. My meeting went very well. As the day drew to a close I was driving home late in the evening. I felt a wobble in the tire. Since I had been driving on a dirt road for much of my journey, I thought it might have been mud in the wheel. But as the wobble got worse, I thought that perhaps I had another flat. I began to slow down and started to pull over. Suddenly I heard a loud noise and to my utter amazement my brand new tire went rolling past me down the road and into the woods. The car came to a sudden stop and there I was beside the road on a dark night in the middle of nowhere. I used my cell phone to contact my wife, who called AAA. They sent a wrecker. I was sure happy when help finally arrived!
Today I reflected on yesterday's experience and realized it contains many parallels to real life. We often experience problems in life for which we seek to find quick fixes. Though the quick fixes that we use seem to get us back on the road to enjoying life, they do not really address the deeper issues. When we use quick fixes, it does not take long before the problem re-emerges. When the problem does re-emerge, it is often bigger and more complicated to correct than before. We must learn to take the time to fix our problems correctly. That may require calling for help, just as I had to contact my wife for help with the tire.
That is where the church comes in. The church is a family and we help each other when one of our members finds themselves stranded on a dark road in the middle of the night. We take the time to walk with each other through the darkness and help each other get safely home. If we are not part of a church like that, we should find one and become involved. It's hard to make it through life on our own, but with the help of God and our fellow Christians, we can overcome anything.