The light turned green. I stepped on the gas and the next thing I knew I was crashing into the back of the car in front of me! The accident happened so fast that I didn’t have time to even react. There was no time to think about things like, “oh no I’m gonna hit that car!” no slamming on the brakes, nothing at all except my car crashing into the back end of the car in front of me.
In the next 10 seconds a flood of emotions ran through me.
Confusion…how did I manage to do this? Anger at myself for doing something so stupid, and then the worry….is the other person okay? …and then that thought instantly changed into fear as I saw the other driver getting out of his car and heading towards me with what looked to me like an angry look on his face.
I opened my car door expecting him to start yelling at me and but instead of yelling, he said, “are you okay?” I told him I was okay and then I said, “are you okay? Gosh.. I am so sorry!” He then said, “I am okay and don’t you worry about it, it was just an accident.” Wow! looks sure can be deceiving, a second ago I thought he looked angry but really he didn’t seem angry at all!
We then began exchanging our insurance information and I could tell that he was a really nice person. He also seemed truly concerned for me even though I was the one who had crashed into his nice new looking SUV.
When we finished exchanging information I told the man once again that I was sorry for damaging his car and also thanked him for being so nice to me,” He replied, “it was just an accident. Accidents happen, nobody is perfect and that includes me.” Then he told me it was nice “bumping” into me and that he hoped the rest of my day was a good day.
I honestly still don’t have a clue how I managed to run into his car, so to me it just seemed like a really dumb thing for me to have done. But later in the day when I was beating myself up about crashing into not only his car, but also then thinking about how I had also crashed the front end of my own car, his words came back to me… it was and accident, nobody is perfect. You know what? he was right so anyway to make a long story short, I decided to have myself a good rest of the day as he suggested, and I did.
That is how I crashed into grace yesterday.
I hope you have a wonderful day and also try to remember to give yourself and also others the same grace that God gives us on a daily basis.