Well folks, I’m sorry for the sizable gap between posts. A week ago, I was in Asheville, North Carolina, for the annual NCFIC Conference. It was wonderful to see a lot of friends from all over the US – it’s interesting, two years ago, I really had never ventured outside of Washington State and didn’t know anyone outside of the Pacific Northwest. Last week, I reconnected with friends from Texas, Alabama, North Carolina … all over. I have made many friends while at law school here in Virginia, but it was so good to see many familiar faces.
I ended up leaving at 12:30 p.m. that evening, which was honestly the latest I could have left. I had classes at 8 a.m. the next morning and it was a four-and-a-half hour drive. Well, it ended up taking longer than anticipated to get back. I was going about 70 miles-an-hour on the highway heading back – obviously, there was a total lack of light. It seemed somewhat cloudy at the time. Abruptly, on the left side of the highway, I saw a deer half-standing in my lane, half on the shoulder. His face was turned towards the grassy patch separating the oncoming cars. I don’t know if he even saw me or if he was simply “frozen in the headlights,” as the saying goes. Anyhow, everything happened so quickly. I saw it, realized it was a deer and that it was in my lane, that I was going to hit it if I didn’t do something quick … and then I hit it. I don’t know if I even reacted – it all happened so quickly. I remember hearing a thud and seeing fur slide up against my driver’s side window and then it was gone …
I didn’t think that anything happened, but wanted to pull off and double check that everything was fine with my car. Physically, I was fine – it seemed as though I had light swiped the deer. I pulled off to the shoulder and attempted to step out … when I realized my door was jammed shut. So, I climbed over into the passenger’s seat and walked out in front of the car to survey the “damage.” Well, my left headlight was smashed to pieces. I actually cut myself on my hand several times … my hood was dented and pressed over the headlight, and the “plating” (not sure what the technical term is here) above my front left wheel was dented and was shoved underneath my door, thus preventing it from opening. I attempted to tug at the metal with a rope but it didn’t seem to be working. I was still at least a good hour from home, so I picked up the pieces from the broken headlight and completed the journey, making it back home in one piece, but incredibly tired.
I ended up only getting about 50 minutes of sleep that night before classes, and, as you might expect, had trouble staying awake through those classes (I fell asleep for brief periods in each class). However, I was very thankful that other than my door being jammed and damage to the hood on my car, I was physically fine. If the deer had been any closer to my car, I would’ve felt the full impact of the deer, my windshield would’ve have been shattered, there would have been greater hood damage (and probably serious “internal” damage as well). However, there was none of that. Other than a broken headlight, dinged hood, and a jammed door, my car was fine and I was spared from death or serious injury. Life truly can be over in a second. I literally had no time to react. I don’t know if I swerved or not. It was a matter of inches, literally.
Timothy 4:13-14 says: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
No kidding, folks. You don’t know when you’ll die. But, it’s coming, whether you’re ready or not. Live intentionally. Don’t wait to repent of sin, to confess sin to others, to share the Gospel, to be a good steward of your time and abilities.
It was certainly a good reminder of that fact.
Well, I’m gearing up for our first final exam, which will take place in just over three weeks … it should be good. My parents bought me tickets so I can be home for Christmas, so I’m definitely excited about that!
Alrighty, well, I know this post is short and there aren’t any pictures today, but I have to write a few emails before I call my family later this afternoon, so perhaps there will be more in next week’s post.
It’s a beautiful day here in Lynchburg! The fall colors are still here, but they’re definitely muted and the leaves are steadily continuing to fall off.
Have a blessed week, everyone!