Saturday, December 11, 2010

Difficult Week

This week has probably been the worst week of my life by far. Three key events happened this week, which has made this the most stressful week I have ever lived. Two of the events I was completely unprepared for and the other one I was prepared for. What were they?

1) I was involved in my first car accident. The way I came out of that car accident unscathed is a miracle in itself. What happened was I was stopped in the left hand turn lane. I was the only car in the left hand turn lane. The light turned green and I started turning left. It had rained the night before, so the road was still rather wet and slippery. Also, I was driving a truck. The problem with driving a truck is when their is no weight in the back, the car is lighter. So, as I was turning, the car hit a soft slippery spot on the road, spun out, hit another car that was slowing down to a stop, and finally rested after spinning in a full circle. The car stayed upright through the whole spinning process and never flipped over (thankfully). The person in the other car (who happened to be one of the librarians at the college) and I left the scene with no injuries. However, I did feel kinda sore a day after the accident, but it was nothing in comparison to what I was about to experience two days later.

2) One of my good friends, Sean, who graduated with me and another buddy of mine, died. Sean was one of those people, who never took life for granted. He contracted muscular dystrophy at an early age, was secluded in a wheelchair, and really lived life with very few friends. Chance, the other buddy who graduated with Sean and I, was Sean's best friend. Chance would usually go to his house once a week and spend some quality time with him for a couple hours. I, on the other hand, did not spend as much time with Sean as I could have. I regret that now, since he is dead, but I can't go back. However, I do remember the times when I played video games at his house constantly, we had bible studies over at my house, we went on all those school field trips, we had our graduation together, and most of all, the big Disneyland day, which Sean said was the greatest day of his life. I miss him so much, but thankfully, because of Christ, I will see him one day again.

3) I was prepared for this one. I had Finals hovering over me all week long and was constantly studying like no other. It did not help getting into a car accident, during Finals week, and it surely pained me even more when Sean died. I don't have anymore to say on this one, because it is pretty self-explanatory in itself. However, God is greater than all my problems and I praise Him for getting me through this tough week. I could not have done it without being fully dependent on Him alone and I will continue to glorify Him. :)

Sola Deo Gloria!!!!


Lauren Nicole said...

God is always with us and it's so true that when things get tough, depending on Him will get us through anything and we'll abide closer in Him. Our God is so mighty!

In Christ,

Jenna said...

Oh Joshua -

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend...through the heart ache, it must be a comfort to know that he is resting peacefully with Jesus and praise the Lord that you will one day see him again.

"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." 1 Peter 4:12

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU, Yes, I will help you, I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND." Isaiah 41:10

Praying that the Lord will bless you this week and be your rock and comfort always, but especially one that you lean on during these trials.


p.s. Praise the Lord that no one was harmed in the accident! The Lord is always watching His sheep!

Josh said...

Hey Joshua...
I'm so sorry to hear about your week. (no sentiment seems appropriate in a situation like this)
Stay close to the Lord and rest in the shadow of the almighty. He WILL renew your strength like the eagles.

I am praying for you brother.
Your Jonathan,

Sophie said...

I just prayed for you:)
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
His Plan is perfect, and His ways, though not clear to us, are perfect, as well. Isn't that encouraging that He knew every detail of this week before you were even created?
Be Strong and of Good courage!


Amber Noella said...

Just know that everything has a purpose!
Praying for you.

susanwalkergirl said...

Dear Joshua,

I'm so very sorry to hear of Sean's passing but praise God that he will be part of your forever future in heaven. I praise God that you and the lady in the accident were not seriously hurt. It's a little scary driving after you've had an accident.

I hope that you did well on your finals. Praise God that your focus is on Jesus knowing that He is greater than all your problems. He is good all the time.

Miss seeing you, I hope and pray that you have a better week.


Rachel said...

Hello again.
I was coming back to heck up on your blog again and when I saw this post I thought back to when my friend Matthew died on his 15th birthday in January. It was sudden, he collapsed during a basketball game from a heart condition that no one was aware of. It was so hard for me, although I hadn't gotten to know hm very well in the 8 or 9 years I knew him. I regret the fact that I never really talked to him that much, but there's no going back. That's why I (on my blog) have been talking about how you never know when your time will come and you have to make the very most of your life while you have the chance! God has a reason for everything, even though we don't always understand it. God Bless you and I'll be thinking of you and praying for you today.
~Rachel Lynn~
P.S- I started following you with google last time I was here, but I'm not sure if I told you. :-)

May Amelia said...

It is so easy for us to look at the things we could have done--"If only I had done this" or "if only I made more time." That's a pretty dangerous place to be. You are right to look at the time you spent with your friend rather than trying to change the past.

I echo the statements of those above me--I'm glad you or the other driver weren't hurt!

"Tough" sounds like a pretty light word in comparison to what you've been through this week, but, though it probably sounds pretty cheesy, God will make you stronger through this time in your life. Of that I have no doubt.

Joshua said...

Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers. I appreciate them all very much. :)

In Christ,
Joshua :)

Toyin O. said...

Yes, God is in the midst of your storm and urging you to be still and know he is God. Am sorry to hear about your friend, may God continue to comfort his loved ones. Thank God that you were unharmed in the accident.