Are you real?
Fortunately for me I know it's not. Certainly, with the list of things I've done in my "previous" life, I would be...well...dead.
But it truly has been one of those days, weeks, ...actually months for me. It seems like every turn I take is a backward slide. It really is a bunch of silliness and the overall big picture is just a big joke with friends asking if I'm making this stuff up.
I promise. I'm not. And actually I want to laugh out loud thinking about it. I really do!
Here's what happened today.
- Drs. appointment for a followup on my injury. I'm right on target and ready for physical therapy
- Got an exercise I can do three times a day at home to keep my back muscles loose.
- Received my referral for PT and set up six appointments
- Was told the massage therapy I was receiving is a good thing and to keep it up
- Received a referral to another doctor specializing in injuries because MY doctor uses him and really admires the physician
- Received a referral to another doctor to get specific answers on an area of health I'm concerned with.
I left the doctor's office and physical therapy practice feeling like I was on the right path to continued healing. I was feeling...FANTASTICO!
And then the series that led to the bad:
Phone call to husband, telling him how the appointment went.
Speaker, phone on my lap.
Pull away from INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital.
Waiting at red light.
Head bangs, scream.
What the WHAT?!!
Ummmm...I was just in a car accident where the driver behind me was sandwiched by my vehicle and the driver who hit him at full speed. The impact was strong enough to jolt me in my seat and make the van jump forward. Luckily, I had enough space in front that I did not hit the car ahead of me.
I was actually surprised to see how little damage my vehicle had sustained. I mean...little. Thankfully everyone was alright. I've had a few side effects that haven't been pleasant but that is only because I'm already a walking mess of bumps and bruises. I know I will be fine.
But the moment that pleased me most was when the initial "What the WHAT?!" wore off and I was alone in the van. I started to laugh. I actually couldn't stop laughing. That poor kid, of ALL the people he could have hit, the chain reaction he caused hit ME - the woman who JUST left the physical therapy office because of an injury two months ago. ME - the woman who just doesn't seem to be getting a break and is falling or tripping or sneezing or breathing!
Yes, me. This woman.
At the same time I began to realize how thankful I was that the young man on his cell phone had hit me. Like I told him and the other gentleman AND the insurance company, I am an honest woman and have no desire to claim my injuries are the fault of any driver. I saw that man's face and how upset he was. Yes, he was in the wrong. No, he shouldn't have been fumbling on his cell phone and YES, he should have seen stopped traffic in front of him. But, even though I did follow procedure and answer all the adjuster's questions, I knew what that young man needed more than anything at that moment was grace. I told him I was fine and to stay off that cell phone and pay attention to the road. Next time he may not be so lucky.
Because you see, karma isn't real. Often times things just happen and other times we have to accept the consequence of our actions or inaction. For me today served as a funny reminder of something very real. I usually go about my day or plan my week by saying, "I'll do this...or that" when I know full well that I have NO IDEA of when my time is up on this side of eternity.
My job, aside from being a wife and mother, is to love and extend grace whenever possible to those I come in contact with. Even when things may seem to come out of nowhere and I say "what the WHAT?!", I have every opportunity to be salt and light just as Jesus said. I don't know what will come out of the conversations I had today. All I know is that they all were able to laugh and enjoy my take on the whole event. It's not up to me what each of them do or even if they will remember the things I said.
So the next time you find yourself in a situation where your normal human reaction COULD be anger or disappointment or frustration with another human being, try to extend the grace we all desperately need so much and let them know God is good.
You never know. You just may get a "what the WHAT?!" from them.
Blessings for your day,