So! You might be wondering if I am always having car issues. I'm not. I love my car and it's fantastic. But! For whatever reason, it seems as though whenever I do have car troubles, I learn some big lesson from it. Here is the lesson I learned from the car accident I was in last week :)
First off, to save my pride, I will tell you that the accident was NOT my fault (even according to the other person's insurance etc.) I was driving over to Seattle after work to meet up with friends for a weekend trip to Canada (yeah - we get crazy and go to Canada sometimes...) Background: it was the first pre-season game for the Seahawks that day as well. So! Traffic was crazy. And while I was driving up the street, literally two minutes from my friend's house, someone pulled out in front of me from a side street. Despite braking and honking, I knew as soon as that car pulled out that I was going to hit it. Which - was equal parts scary and infuriating. Luckily, no one was hurt (other than my wrists being sore for a couple of days :) ).
After the impact of the collision, I sat there in the middle of the intersection a little stunned. I had never been in an accident before and was pretty unsure what to do next. The car that I had hit was immobile, but I was able to drive my car out of the way of traffic. Some kind people (or fans who wanted to get home to watch the game) came and helped to push the other car out of traffic while I ran down a couple of witnesses at a bus stop and made them give me statements on what they saw happen. Meanwhile the police were called and supposedly on their way. As the adrenaline started to slowly leave my system, I sat back down in my car and started trying to call my parents. First my dad, and then my mom. Neither were picking up. So then I decided to try and call my sister, whose phone is chronically uncharged, and she also did not pick up. I sent a quick text to my friends to let them know what had happened, and then it hit me. I felt so alone. My dad wasn't going to help me figure this out. My mom wasn't going to help me figure this out. No one was going to be there for me in that moment. And to be honest, that was the worst part. I've found that with most "big kid" issues I have experienced in life (not limited to just my car problems :) ), the worst part is grappling with having to deal with whatever is causing you anxiety by yourself.
As I was mentally trying to calm myself down and "pull it together Picard!", I had the overwhelming thought that I was actually not alone. And that God had been extremely present in the whole ordeal. Not only in preventing serious injury from occurring, but in making sure that my car still worked etc. I was going to be ok, and I didn't have to do it by myself because we were going to do it together.
Not to say that I have never thought or realized that the Savior has the power to comfort us and that we are "never alone", but for whatever reason, that message was conveyed SO strongly to me that day. I am not alone. I do not have to face anything by myself. And I am so grateful for a Savior who suffered through the ultimate loneliness in Gethsemane so He knows how to comfort me. Elder Holland gave a beautiful talk about this concept in General Conference a few years ago. (April 2009 to be exact :) )
Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said: “I will not leave you comfortless: [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”
While I am not necessarily happy that my car got a little smashed, and the resulting issues that I have had to work through :), I am very grateful for the lessons I learned that day. I am particularly grateful for the way that experience helped bring me closer to the Savior. It helped my relationship with Him, and faith in His power, to grow even stronger. I know that Christ is continually there for each of us, offering His love and support, and helping us to accomplish what we may not be able to on our own. And I am forever grateful for that.
Love you too much!!!!
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