I was blown away with nearly 300 likes and over 200 shares of this post on FB, so I decided to add this to my blog, and I hope it will be of help to whoever may be struggling.
Last night when I was driving home from the week with my daughter & our new little grand baby, a lady passed us (my other daughter, Ashlynn, was with me) in a car to our left. She was texting... She started to head toward the median, over-corrected, skidded, and spun a full 360, twice, back our direction across the freeway in front of us, then another half a turn, running into the hill on our right. A massive cloud of dirt, huge rocks, and debris flew everywhere, & we thought she rolled. We slammed on breaks, pulled over, & I grabbed my phone to call 911 as we ran down the hill toward her. (SO much gratitude that she passed us, and we weren't hit by her)...
She was alive, but both shaking & completely still at the same time, just staring straight ahead. Police were on their way by that time, and no one else was stopping to help for some reason, so it was just me, her, & Ash. The panic finally settled down for daughter & I, so we sat there with her & tried to help her calm down.
I asked her name, & she was barely able to tell us that, plus her age, where she lives, & that she has 2 little children at home, a little girl 8, & a little boy 5. For privacy's sake, I'll just call her Jenna... I told her I do emotional release & energy work, & she took a breath & calmed down right then, like total relief that she wasn't alone & had someone to help her. My heart just broke seeing the fear in her eyes.
I reached across & took her phone. She was able to mumble enough to help Ashlynn figure out her code to get into it, so we could call her husband. I had an overwhelming feeling that something wasn't right with her, & that she was really struggling. I glanced down & saw part of the text she was in the middle of when she crashed, & part of it from the lady on the other end said something like, "Don't do this. I don't want to lose you this way too."
I looked back up at her, took her hand & just held it for a minute. Then I had the biggest impression to get personal with her. I said, "You're not in a good place, are you?" She looked toward me & moved her head sideways to say 'no'. Then she said, "How did you know?" I said, "You're a beautiful person. Do you know that?? Jenna, do you know you are?" She shook her head no again, & I said, "You're a daughter of God. He loves you. I don't even know you. But I love you."
She darted her eyes over & looked straight into my eyes, then she smiled as much of a smile as she could muster, & burst into sobbing. She said, "You feel the spirit". I said, "I feel that the Lord saved your life, & you have a purpose to fulfill. You have babies, and no one... NO ONE is a better mother for them than you." Then she started sobbing more.
The look in her eyes as she stared at me was indescribable. I've never seen anything like it. It was as if she'd never known hope until that moment.
Ashlynn was able to talk to her for a couple of minutes & even had her laughing a little bit. We found out a few minutes later, that she had been contemplating taking her life.
By the time the ambulance got there, she was passing out & almost completely unresponsive. They laid her on the stretcher, & I finished up talking to her aunt who had called her phone. Then I walked over before they lifted her into the ambulance & asked if she could hear me, even though she was pretty much passed out. But she opened her eyes & turned them to look at me. I told her once again that she's loved, that she has a purpose, & that heaven saved her life for that very reason. Then she looked back up & closed her eyes.
I prayed a lot for her last night. I was able to get her phone number from her aunt, & I'm praying I'll be able to talk to her in a few days, because the hospital wouldn't even tell me if she was alive this morning when I called... It breaks my heart.
This is one of mine & Ashlynn's favorite paintings, by Liz Lemon Swindle. It's called "The Lost Sheep". It came separately to both of our minds, as we drove the rest of the way home last night, because it looks exactly like her, all the way down to the look on her face.
I know Heavenly Father put us in her path at that very moment, without being involved in the accident, so that we could help her. And I am SO grateful that we saw that glimmer of hope in her eyes.
"...At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel’s end—no dawn to break the night’s darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea, ‘Is there no balm in Gilead?’... We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. To all who so despair, may I offer the assurance of the Psalmist’s words: ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5)." - Thomas S. Monson
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