Clementine was quite depressed.

On Wednesday, she took her car in for a routine oil change and a good friend suggested that she allow him to have her car checked over, as he feared that the vehicle was not as sound as it seemed.

He was right.  A nearly bald tire from poor alignment and a leaking brake cylinder were just a couple of the issues that needed to be addressed, not to mention some minor front-end damage which resulted in a buckled hood, seemingly cosmetic, but added to the tally of needed repairs.

She was fearful and distraught.  She drove home far more cautiously and definitely a lot slower than she would normally, afraid that the tire would go before she could get it changed.

Planning to address the tire issue first, she headed out to work at UPS the following morning  with due caution, traveling far below the minimum speed, but not particularly concerned about it, as it was 4:00 a.m.

Thank heavens she was driving much more slowly…

In the pitch dark, traveling at 60 mph, her hood flew up, smashing the windshield and totally impairing her vision.  In total terror, but with a presence of mind that is astounding, she managed to pull the vehicle over quickly and accurately, coming to a complete stop in the emergency lane, so carefully that the sheered off antenna was still resting gingerly upon the hood of the car…

When her father surveyed the damage and the location of the vehicle, he said it was truly miraculous that she’d guided it so surely, stopping in exactly the right place, all without being able to see.

Guardian angel, thank you!!  We know you did it, and we are grateful…

Just one more example of how seemingly bad news can bring about a blessing!  Clementine’s car is receiving much needed maintenance, and we’re all so very thankful that the bad news on Wednesday was really good news for Thursday…