It was an ordinary day when I was driving with my wife and three kids early in the morning southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike. At mile 62.4, exit 6, I was driving at high speed when I heard a loud noise next to me. Tractor trailers were driving next to me on both lanes to my right, and so I naturally figured that the noise was coming from the trucks. Pretty soon, however, it became clear that it was coming from my car. I instinctively put on the emergency lights and accelerated so I could pass the trucks on the two right lanes and pull over.
After successfully pulling over, my wife and I exited the car to see what the problem was. The front passenger tire had blown. But it didn’t just blow – it was completely shredded.
We called road service, and a half-hour later a person showed up to change my tire. The shredded tire, however, was stuck, and could not be removed. The fellow from road service called a towing truck which came and towed the car to exit 5, where there is a Sears’ Auto Service shop. The serviceman took the car and saw what happened to my tire. He told me what a miracle it was that we were alive and well. When the front tires blow like that, he explained, the car usually flips over. And, he said, tractor trailers rarely yield to cars on the highway. I realized that a miracle had occurred, that the car continued driving and I was able to safely pull over in time.
I am not Jewish, and I often help Jews on their holidays, driving people for their dialysis treatments, women in labor, or people in other kinds of emergency. I know that the King of kings rewards people for their kindness, and I believe that on this day, Hashem rewarded me for the kindness I perform, and wanted to give me the opportunity to continue this work. For the rest of my life, I will be grateful to the One above for saving me, my wife and my children that day.